Rare Rockingham County, VA Stoneware "Cherry" Preserve Jar

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 156

Price Realized: $690.00

($600 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Stoneware Preserve Jar with Cobalt Trumpet Flower Decoration, Incised "Cherry," Rockingham County, VA origin, mid 19th century, squat-formed, ovoid jar with applied lug handles and tall collar, decorated on the front and back with a boldly-brushed cobalt flowering vine design. This style of decoration, which features a solid-bodied, tubular trumpet or bluebell blossom, is unusual for Rockingham County stoneware. The decoration on the reverse additionally includes a scalloped cobalt line at the end of the blossom, which is also an unusual touch. Shoulder incised with the scarce fruit name "Cherry," brushed over in cobalt, indicating the jar's intended use. Includes original lid. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example recently found in New England. Cracks in the underside and a horizontal crack at base. 4 1/2" x 2" section of underside reglued. Three long additional cracks extending up from base. A few short lines in collar. A small chip and some minor nicks to rim. 2 1/2" x 7/8" area of in-the-firing salt residue at base. Loss to lid, as well as additional lid chips and a minor hairline in underside of lid. H (including lid) 6 1/4".

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