Rare Five-Gallon Beaver, PA Stoneware Jar Dated 1856

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 421

Price Realized: $747.50

($650 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Scarce Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Freehand Decoration and 1856 Date, Beaver, PA origin, 1856, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, squared rim, and applied lug handles, the surface covered in a slip wash and decorated with a large brushed fuchsia vine design extending across the front, along with the date "1856" between two cobalt stripes. Freehand cobalt "5" beside an impressed "5" at shoulder. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. An excellent example of the distinctive Beaver, PA floral motifs that would be found on Greensboro and New Geneva, PA stoneware some years later. The 1856 date is relatively early in the scheme of Western PA stoneware production. Some wear and crawling to cobalt slip on front. A chip to top of rim and a minor chip to exterior of rim. A faint 3 1/2" horizontal line at base on reverse, continuing 2" onto underside.

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