Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Flowerpot, Strasburg, Virginia

October 25, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 121

Price Realized: $575.00

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

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Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Flowerpot, Strasburg, VA origin, probably J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890, ovoid, bowl-shaped vessel with heavy splotches of green and brown over a cream-colored slip ground. Clear lead overglaze on exterior. The unusual glaze on this flowerpot, in which the copper decoration has a streaked and spotted appearance, can be found on a few other examples of Strasburg, Virginia redware attributed to J. Eberly & Co. We have seen one other bowl-shaped flowerpot of this particular form and glaze, as well as a small number of pitchers sold through our auction. These include lot 131 in our July 19, 2008 auction, lot 141 in our January 30, 2010 auction (also pictured on p. 99 of Wiltshire's Folk Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley), and lot 511 in our November 2, 2013 auction. Provenance: A recently-discovered example from a forty-year Mid-Atlantic antiques collection. Heavy wear to rim. Two cracks from rim, measuring approximately 3 1/4" and 2 1/4". This flowerpot was made without a drain hole. A small hole was punched in the bottom sometime after the firing. A few relatively minor glaze flakes to body. H 5 1/2" ; Diameter (across opening) 6 3/4".

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