Very Rare WELLS & RICHARDS / READING, Pennsylvania Stoneware Pitcher

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 373

Price Realized: $1,955.00

($1,700 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Stamped "WELLS & RICHARDS / READING," Pennsylvania origin, circa 1845, ovoid pitcher with tooled collar and wide, drooping pouring spout. Decorated completely around the midsection with a series of upward and downward curving cobalt swags. Collar decorated with additional cobalt swags. The early Reading, PA maker's mark, WELLS & RICHARDS, is very difficult-to-find. The stamp on this example includes an unusual small-sized font, lacking the abbreviation "PA," a variation for this mark we have not offered before. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Pennsylvania. Spout chip. Spidering surface lines throughout much of pitcher's body, only one of which extends through to interior of pitcher.

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