Scarce J. & E. NORTON. / BENNINGTON VT Stoneware Crock w/ Chicken Pecking Corn and Fence

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 53

Price Realized: $862.50

($750 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Scarce Three-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Chicken Pecking Corn with Fence, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON. / BENNINGTON VT", circa 1855, cylindrical crock with heavily-tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a chicken pecking kernels of corn from a heavily-shrubbed ground with fence and bush to the right. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Norton stoneware pieces featuring the iconic "chicken pecking corn" design are significantly rarer and more desirable than their New York State counterparts. The addition of a fence and shrub to the bird's right add to the decorative appeal and value of this example. Some light to moderate exfoliation to shoulder on reverse. Some light exfoliation to shoulder on front. Some exfoliation to left handle. Some light wear and a shallow flake to right handle. Light surface wear to exterior of rim. Some minor nicks to interior of rim. An approximately 4 1/2" horizontal Y-shaped surface line on front within decoration, which is not visible on interior. A 4" spider line on left side of crock. Two short, minor lines at base, not visible on interior. Minor base wear. Some minor exfoliation to interior base. Some light staining.

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