Extremely Rare Redware Vase Stamped "W. BURCHNELL / LONDON," Ohio origin, Morgantown, WV school

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 83

Price Realized: $575.00

($500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Glazed Morgantown School Redware Vase, Stamped "W. BURCHNELL / LONDON,' Ohio origin, circa 1835, large-sized vase with ovoid body, cylindrical neck, and flattened rim, the exterior surface covered in a dipped cream-colored glaze. Interior with reddish-brown lead-and-manganese glaze. Impressed on upper body with William Burchnell maker's mark. William Burchnell was evidently trained in Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia), and joined fellow Morgantown potter, James M. Thompson, Jr., in London, Ohio by 1830, establishing a pottery on the site of the town's Presbyterian Church. Very few signed examples of his work exist, and this vase is the only example of the form by Burchnell we have seen. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in New York State. Significant restoration to exfoliation on body to areas below maker's mark. Restored rim chips. Restoration to foot. 3 1/2" crack extending up from base. Some exfoliation to underside. H 9 1/2".

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