Exceptional "A. P. Donaghho / Fredericktown / Wash. Co. / Pa" 8 Gal. Stoneware Jar

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 499

Price Realized: $2,530.00

($2,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding and Rare Eight-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Freehand Inscription "A.P. Donaghho / Fredericktown / Wash Co / Pa.", circa 1865, cylindrical jar with ribbed lug handles, tapered rim, and tooling to body and shoulder, featuring the large brushed cobalt inscription "A.P. Donaghho / Fredericktown / Wash Co / Pa.". Shoulder with inverted swag decoration above the freehand inscription "Eight", surrounded by a wavy line border. Large brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. This recently-surfaced jar was produced during Alexander Polk Donaghho's early production years in Fredericktown, Washington County, Pennsylvania. The majority of surviving Donaghho pieces were made later, at his larger operation in Parkersburg, West Virginia, circa 1874-1904. Most significant about the jar is its large freehand signature, as Donaghho's most common method of marking his ware involved the use of a stencil. Its eight-gallon size is exceptional, and its use of a capacity designation with the word "Eight", as opposed to the number "8", is a scarce and appealing feature. This jar ranks as one of the finest examples of Donaghho stoneware we have ever seen. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from Massachusetts. A large Y-shaped line on underside. A 3" chipped section to interior of rim. Several other small rim chips. H 19".

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