Rare 3 Gal. Stoneware Pitcher, Baltimore, circa 1840

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 396

Price Realized: $747.50

($650 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, attributed to the Parrs' Maryland Pottery, Baltimore, MD, circa 1840, ovoid pitcher with heavily-tooled rim, the body decorated with a series of boldly-brushed cobalt tulips. Spout flanked by heavy cobalt swags. Handle terminals embellished with large cobalt circles. Three depressed thumprints in lower handle terminal. Impressed "3" on reverse. David Parr, Jr., who worked at Maryland Pottery in Baltimore early in his career, would later establish a stoneware manufactory in Richmond, VA, and decorate his work with very similar tulip motifs. This pitcher, at the very least an inspiration for his Richmond stoneware, may actually be one of David Parr, Jr.'s, Baltimore products. Excellent size, form, and decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a Southern collection. Y-shaped crack in underside, with one end of crack continuing 7" up side of pitcher, and another end extending diagonally towards base of handle with two thin cracks extending off from it. Two additional hairlines in underside. Heavy chipping to base. H 14 1/4".

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