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

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 419

Price Realized: $4,600.00

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

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Exceptional Tanware Presentation Pitcher with Elaborate Freehand Decoration, Inscribed "MISS MAMIE DONNERY.," New Geneva or Greensboro, PA origin, fourth quarter 19th century, finely-potted, ovoid pitcher with ornately-formed, stepped collar, the body Albany-slip-decorated with a sweeping fuchsia vine design with striped interiors to blossoms. Midsection inscribed "MISS. MAMIE DONNERY.," flanked by draped brushwork interspersed with spots. Collar decorated with freehand vining. Rim area decorated with solid drape brushwork interspersed with spots. The presumed owner of this pitcher is Mary E. Donnery, who is listed in 1880 Federal Census as a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, age eleven years old. The name "Mamie" is often used as a nickname for the name Mary. (Mary Todd Lincoln, for example, was known as Mamie.) Mary E. Donnery is the daughter of Catherine Donnery, the recipient of the second tanware presentation pitcher in this auction. Excellent form and decoration with rare presentation inscription. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Western PA along with a second tanware presentation pitcher, inscribed "MISS. CATHERINE DONNERY". Excellent condition. H 9 1/4".

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