Six-Gallon B.C. Milburn (Alexandria, VA) Stoneware Crock

November 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 260

Price Realized: $2,415.00

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

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Extremely Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA," Alexandria, VA origin, circa 1850, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, squared rim, and large applied tab handles, decorated on the front with a slip-trailed vine bearing alternating styles of flower blossoms. Slip-trailed row of chainlinks and two rows of wavy lines above. Decorated on the reverse with four slip-trailed tulips below a row of chainlinks and two wavy lines. Excellent decoration with some of the best color we have seen on an example of Milburn stoneware, with vivid cobalt against a very light gray ground. Impressed with B.C. Milburn maker's mark below rim. Of particular significance is the jar's extremely rare six-gallon size. Vessels of such large capacity were not typically produced at the Wilkes Street Pottery; this fact is further indicated by the hand-incised "6" below the maker's mark, as Milburn did not have a stamp for this size. This jar is the first slip-trailed Milburn jar we have seen. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in North Carolina. Literature: Three other six-gallon examples produced by Milburn are pictured in Eddie L. Wilder, Alexandria, VA Pottery 1792-1876, a slip-trailed J.P. Smith jar, p. 90; a brush-decorated B.C. Milburn jar, p. 272; and a slip-trailed B.C. Milburn water cooler, p. 287. Cracks around base area with a large crack extending from base to shoulder on reverse. An additional crack on underside with other cracks extending off from it onto base. Shallow 2 1/4" rim chip to right side of front. H 18".

Six-Gallon B.C. Milburn (Alexandria, VA) Stoneware CrockSix-Gallon B.C. Milburn (Alexandria, VA) Stoneware CrockSix-Gallon B.C. Milburn (Alexandria, VA) Stoneware Crock

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