Extremely Rare Signed R. J. GRIER (Chester County, PA) Stoneware Crock

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 381

Price Realized: $2,415.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "R.J. GRIER," Chester County, PA, circa 1880, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder, squared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with two brushed cobalt tulips on the front and back. Brushed cobalt dashes below each handle, along with cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Impressed under one handle with the extremely rare maker's mark of Ralph J. Grier, which reads simply "R.J. GRIER," used at his Mt. Jordan Pottery in Chester County, PA. One of a small number of signed examples by this prolific potter known. Some dryness to surface and fine-grained, stable exfoliation to rim and handles. An in-the-firing surface line to rim. The name "HUGHES" written in black marker on underside.

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