Rare J. SWANK & CO. / JOHNSTOWN, PA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 466

Price Realized: $1,725.00

($1,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J. SWANK & CO. / JOHNSTOWN, PA.," circa 1870, finely-potted, highly-ovoid pitcher with tall collar, heavily-tooled rim, and long strap handle, decorated on the front with a large vine bearing two tulip blossoms. Sides of collar decorated with three large dashes. Spout flanked by additional dashed cobalt brushwork. Cobalt highlight to upper handle terminal and stylized cobalt flower surrounding lower handle terminal. Pitcher is stamped "1", but appears to measure closer to one-and-a-half-gallons. Excellent form, maker, and decoration. Signed Swank pitchers rarely come up for auction. Chipping to spout. Long shallow chip extending from left side of spout along interior / top of rim. Two small chips on interior of rim. Tight 3" Y-shaped line at base, continuing 2" onto underside. H 11 3/4".

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