Very Rare New Geneva, PA Tanware Presentation Pitcher Inscribed to "Miss Catherine Donnery"

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 418

Price Realized: $4,600.00

($4,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Tanware Presentation Pitcher, Inscribed "MISS. CATHERINE DONNERY," New Geneva or Greensboro, PA origin, fourth quarter 19th century, finely-potted pitcher with ovoid body with tall, ornately-formed collar, the pitcher's body Albany-slip-decorated with a large fuchsia vine design. Molding at center of collar featuring the name "MISS. CATHERINE DONNERY, flanked by swags and accented with flower blossoms above. Rim area decorated with solid drapes interspersed with dots. A lavishly-decorated and wonderfully-potted example with rare presentation inscription. The presumed owner of the pitcher was Catherine Donnery of Pittsburgh, PA, who is listed in the 1880 Federal Census as a native of Ireland, age thirty-nine years old. She is the mother of Mary E. Donnery, who is believed to be the owner of a second tanware pitcher in this auction. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Western Pennsylvania with another tanware presentation pitcher, inscribed "MISS MAMIE DONNERY". Excellent condition with a small chip or stone ping to side of handle. H 9".

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