Rare "1831" Stoneware Churn, Rockingham Co., VA

July 21, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 59

Price Realized: $2,185.00

($1,900 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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July 21, 2012 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare and Important Early Shenandoah Valley Stoneware Churn, Dated in Cobalt Script "Nov the 21st 1831," attributed to Andrew Coffman at the John Zigler Pottery, Timberville, VA, 1831, cylindrical form with heavily-tooled shoulder, tall collar, and applied tab handles, decorated on one side with a two-stemmed brushed and slip-trailed floral design. Rim with slip-trailed design consisting of a circle or stylized flower head flanked by graduated vertical slashes. Reverse featuring the slip-trailed cobalt date "Nov the 21st 1831," along with the number 3 flanked by vertical slashes above. Color and aspects of the floral decoration are consistent with early Rockingham County, Virginia, stoneware produced by Andrew Coffman at the shop of John Zigler in Timberville. Of significant note is the fact that this churn bears the earliest date we have seen on a piece of Shenandoah Valley stoneware. While variations of floral motif, which involves tulips blossoming from a stem with distinctive leaves, can be found on Timberville and later Rockingham County products, the unusual decorations at the rim are likely influenced by works of earlier potters from Alexandria or the Richmond area. The churn form, very rare in early Shenandoah Valley stoneware, is previously-undocumented among the products of Zigler's shop. Provenance: Recently discovered in West Virginia. Top-to-bottom crack to left of one handle, continuing onto underside. Additional 9" crack from rim to right of same handle. Traces of rust from iron bands on surface. H 14 1/2".

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