Fine O.L. & A.K. BALLARD / BURLINGTON, VT Four-Gallon Bird Churn

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 301

Price Realized: $1,092.50

($950 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Large Cobalt Bird Decoration, Stamped "O.L. & A.K. BALLARD / BURLINGTON, VT.," circa 1870, semi-ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and semi-rounded rim, decorated with a very large slip-trailed design of a crested bird perched on a stylized spotted branch or banner. Additional cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Excellent color and form. Design measures an impressive 12" long. Some fry to heavier areas of cobalt. A small chip and a very minor, semi-circular surface crack (which occurred in-the-firing) to interior of rim. Additional small chips to inner rim where a lid would rest. A glazed-over line on interior, not visible on exterior.

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