Exceptional Morgantown, WV Stoneware People Crock

July 21, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 257

Price Realized: $12,650.00

($11,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware People Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Woman facing a Hatted Gentleman with Long Rifle, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1870, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder, squared rim, and ribbed lug handles, decorated with a wonderful figural design of a man and a woman. Decoration includes a heavy-set man with long rifle, coat, and hat, facing a woman with buttoned blouse, holding a bouquet. Area above figures decorated with an arching band of cobalt embellished with a sponged cobalt border and chain links at each end. Distinctive Morgantown capacity mark impressed at shoulder. This jar may have had some personal significance when it was made, possibly serving as a wedding or anniversary presentation piece. One of the finest examples of the highly-prized human motifs from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia to be offered in recent years. Excellent condition with a few in the firing contact marks and slumped spots. Some short, very minor lines in rim, mostly visible only on interior. Minor chip on bottom edge of rim above one handle.

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