Very Rare Molded Stoneware Pitcher and Soap Dish, Pitcher Marked AMOS SEAVEY / CHELSEA

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 12

Price Realized: $201.25

($175 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Molded Stoneware Pitcher and Soap Dish, Amos Seavey, Chelsea, Suffolk County, MA, circa 1850, octagonal, salt-glazed pitcher with spurred handle and relief decoration throughout, including flowering urns, grape vines, and scrolled leaves, the underside impressed "AMOS SEAVEY / CHELSEA". Paired with an unsigned, molded soap dish with Albany-slip-glazed surface, perforated interior, and identical relief grape vine and scrolled leaf motifs, attributed to Amos Seavey, Chelsea, MA. Signed or attributed examples of Seavey stoneware are considered rare. Among his surviving work are two outstanding water coolers, one in the collection of Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware, the other in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Both in excellent condition. Pitcher with a small rim chip and a 2 3/8" in-the-firing seam line on reverse, which is glazed-over and not visible on the interior. H (of pitcher) 7 1/4" ; Diameter (of soap dish) 5 1/4".

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