Exceptional Miniature Stoneware Churn w/ Detailed Incised Bird, Inscribed "Mary"

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 98

Price Realized: $13,800.00

($12,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Auction Highlight:  July 18, 2015 Auction | Ohio & Midwest | Incised Stoneware

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Exceptional Diminutive Stoneware Presentation Churn with Large Incised Bird, Inscribed "Mary," Ohio origin, circa 1840-1860, approximately one to one-and-a-half-quart churn of semi-ovoid form with squared rim, recessed rim molding on interior, and applied lug handles, the front decorated with a large incised design of a bird perched on a stylized branch or banner. Heavily-incised detail throughout decoration, including spots to bird's breast, stripes to wing and body, and accents to branch. Incised "Mary" below with stylized underscore, indicating the person for whom the churn was made. Heavy cobalt highlights throughout decoration and name. Brushed cobalt daubs decorate the length of each handle. This outstanding example of Ohio stoneware is significant on a number of levels. The use of incised decoration is considered unusual among products of the state, and is typically related to potters or potting styles that traveled westward from the East Coast during the first quarter of the 19th century. The subject matter, in the form of a large bird, is very appealing, as is the inclusion of the name, Mary, indicating the churn was a presentation piece, presumably for a child. The size of this example is extraordinary. Measuring under a half-gallon and lacking typical wear on its interior, this vessel was made essentially as a toy, spared from the heavy use of a full-sized example of the form. One of the finest examples of Ohio stoneware to come to auction in recent years. Strong condition with a few small, unobtrusive chips to exterior of rim. H 8 3/8".

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