20 Gal. Western PA Stoneware Crock with Profuse Freehand Decoration, probably Boughner, Greensboro, PA

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 436

Price Realized: $1,955.00

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

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Rare Twenty-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, probably Boughner, Greensboro, PA, circa 1860, cylindrical jar with rounded shoulder, flattened rim, and ribbed lug handles, the entire front decorated with elaborate freehand brushwork, including leafy vines, straight and wavy stripes, an intricate vine with tulips at each end, and a freehand "20" near base. A finely-decorated example. Restoration to cracks, extending from rim to shoulder area, with some touch-up to cobalt, primarily to stripe below rim. Additional restored rim chip on reverse. Some painted touch-up to an in-the-firing crack along seam line, which extends around to left edge of decoration. Additional restoration to surface crack or surface flaws on reverse, extending around the right edge of decoration. It is our opinion that all of the restoration on this jar is poor and over-zealous, and that this jar may have needed very little restoration at all.

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