Very Rare Baltimore Stoneware Pitcher w/ Fine Incised Floral Decoration, c1815-1825

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 447

Price Realized: $2,990.00

($2,600 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Incised and Slip-Trailed Floral Decorations, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1815-1825, ovoid pitcher with footed base and tooled rim, the front decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a daisy plant with well-detailed leaves and vine emanating from the blossom. Further decorated on the sides of the pitcher with a slip-trailed design of a four-petaled flower emanating from a stem with splayed, graduated leaves. Slip-trailed wavy line decoration around the rim. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. This pitcher survives as one of a small number of incised stoneware objects made in Baltimore during the 1815-1825 time period, shortly after events from the War of 1812 led the city to produce quality, cobalt-decorated ware. Within a short number of years, Baltimore became the standard for stoneware production in the Mid-Atlantic. The fine, light-gray clay and well-executed incising on this example attest to the quality of ware produced during this early period. An outstanding bird-decorated flowerpot and pitcher attributed to the Remmey family in Baltimore feature similar, distinctive daisy plants with foliate vines emanating from their blossom as well. This pitcher may have been inspired by their work. Excellent condition with a rim chip and a 3" salt drip to side.

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