Extremely Rare "R. J. GRIER," Chester Co., PA Stoneware Crock

July 21, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 109

Price Realized: $2,530.00

($2,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "R.J. GRIER," Ralph J. Grier, Mt. Jordan Pottery, Chester County, PA, circa 1880, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder, squared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with brushed cobalt flowers on the front and back, along with dashes brushwork under each handle. Impressed "R.J. GRIER" under one handle. This jar is an important piece in creating attributions for the numerous unsigned Grier pieces in existence. One of a small number of signed examples known by this prolific Eastern Pennsylvania potter. Provenance: Recently discovered in Baltimore County, MD. 4" in-the-firing separation on interior of jar, not visible on exterior. Small chip to interior of rim. 1 1/4" chip to one handle and a small chip to opposite handle.

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