Outstanding 4 Gal. WHITE & WOOD / BINGHAMPTON Stoneware Bird Jug

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 162

Price Realized: $977.50

($850 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Cobalt Paddletail Bird Decoration, Stamped "WHITE & WOOD / BINGHAMTON, N.Y.," circa 1880, cylindrical jug with squared spout, decorated with a very large brushed and slip-trailed bird with paddle-shaped tail, perched on a morning glory vine. Excellent color and impressive size of decoration. One of the finest-decorated jugs we have seen bearing this classic White family design from Utica and Binghamton, NY. Interestingly, this jug was found with the other four-gallon paddletail bird jug in this auction on a porch in Binghamton, NY in the 1940s. Surprisingly enough, both jugs began life together and were fired side-by-side in the same kiln firing. The evidence is visible in three distinct contact marks on opposing sides of each jug. A beautifully-decorated example of New York State stoneware with a wonderful history. Vertical group of three contact marks on left side of jug. Approximately 8 1/2" hairline extending from left of bird's tail to area under bird's tail. Two spots of fry to edge of bird's wing. A few additional short lines underneath leaf near base. In-the-firing chips to spout. Recessed spot with 1 1/2" contact mark near base on right side of jug. Drip of salt mixed with cobalt on right side of jug.

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