Very Rare G. & A. BLACK (Somerfield, PA) Stoneware Pitcher

March 1, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 224

Price Realized: $3,910.00

($3,400 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "G. & A. Black," Somerfield, PA origin, circa 1860, ovoid pitcher with tooled collar and ribbed strap handle, the front decorated with a brushed tulip stem bearing three blossoms. Collar decorated with brushed cobalt swags. Spout decorated with cobalt dashes. Impressed with "G. & A. Black," maker's mark beside a one-gallon capacity mark. One of a small number of signed George and Albert Black stoneware pitchers known. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in a Western PA family. Collar broken into pieces and restored, including a restored rim and spout chip. Vertical firing crack to midsection of handle. Warping to handle. Long shallow in-the-firing chip to right side of handle. 1 1/2" chip to bottom edge with a 1" extending upward from it. Two other small chips to bottom edge. 3/4" contact mark to front near base.

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