James River Valley, VA Stoneware Jar w/ Tree of Life Decoration

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 454

Price Realized: $201.25

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

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Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Tree-of-Life Decoration, James River Valley of Virginia origin, circa 1830-1850, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, pronounced squared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated on the front and reverse with an elaborate tree-of-life design bearing five large blossoms. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. The design on this jar, based on the iconic tree-of-life motif from Henry Lowndes' Petersburg, VA pottery, is indicative of the frequent transfer of ideas within the James River potting community. The diagonal orientation of this Lowndes variant is unusual. Large professional restoration to surface on one side, presumably to cracks, below and to the right of the decoration, extending onto underside. Some additional lines to underside. Professionally-restored handle. Other handle with some faint lines and a minor chip.

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