Very Rare J. SWANK / JOHNSTOWN, PA 1/2 Gal. Stoneware Pitcher

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 424

Price Realized: $4,600.00

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

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Very Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J. SWANK & CO. / JOHNSTOWN, PA," circa 1870, ovoid pitcher with tall collar accented with a tooled rim, the front decorated with a brushed sweeping tulip design in the Swank style. Spout decorated with vertical cobalt swags. Front impressed "J. SWANK & CO. / JOHNSTOWN, PA" above a large half-gallon capacity mark. Rare form and size for this highly-desirable Western Pennsylvania maker. Relatively few signed Swank pitchers are known, and this is the first example we have ever offered. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Pennsylvania. Several cracks in underside extending up body of pitcher, the longest extending 5 3/4" up front of pitcher. Several nicks to edge on underside, the majority of which appear to be in-the-making. A shallow, glazed-over chip on exterior of rim and two minor nicks on interior of rim. H 8 1/2".

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