Important LYDIA FERREN, Charlestown, MA c1810 Stoneware Cream Pitcher

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 2

Price Realized: $2,990.00

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

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October 17, 2015 Auction Catalog

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Important and Possibly Unique Miniature Stoneware Presentation Pitcher, Impressed "LYDIA FERREN", attributed to Frederick Carpenter, Charlestown, MA, circa 1810, finely-potted pitcher of ovoid form with heavily-tooled collar and applied handle on pitcher's right side, the left side impressed with the cobalt-highlighted name "LYDIA FERREN". Base of pitcher with dipped reddish-brown iron oxide decoration. Cobalt highlights around handle terminals. This pitcher is noteworthy on a number of levels. It is the first American stoneware pitcher we have seen with a single handle placed on the vessel's side as opposed to its reverse. In addition, its diminutive size, presentation inscription, and employment of both cobalt and iron decorations, are all highly unusual characteristics among known Carpenter products. Census research indicates this pitcher was most likely made for Lydia Raymond Ferrin (1789 - 1890), wife of Samuel Ferrin, a prosperous brick maker in Charlestown. While unsubstantiated, it is plausible that Samuel Ferrin played a role in supplying bricks for the construction of Carpenter's kiln and was gifted with this pitcher for his wife in response. At the time of his death, Ferrin owned five houses in Charlestown, all situated along a street bearing his name. Lydia Ferrin, the pitcher's owner, lived to be 101 years old. Her 100th birthday in the year 1889 was celebrated with great fanfare, described at length in an issue of the Charlestown Enterprise. Referred to as "Old Lady Ferrin" in later years, Ferrin was a well-known and loved member of the Charlestown community. Townspeople recalled her working in her garden and giving flowers and "goodies" to children on their way to school (Ferrin and Brennan, Captain Jonathan Farren of Amesbury, Massachusetts and Some of his Descendants, p. 90-93). Outstanding in form and rich with history, this little pitcher is one of the most important examples of Carpenter stoneware we have ever offered. Shallow chipping encompassing rim and spout. Otherwise excellent condition. H 4 1/4".

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