Very Rare J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Churn w/ Rooster, Trees and Fences Decoration

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 66

Price Realized: $1,035.00

($900 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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October 17, 2015 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Rooster and Tree Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON VT", circa 1855, semi-ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and tall collar with semi-rounded rim, decorated with a large slip-trailed pastoral scene featuring a rooster atop a hill, a tall central tree, two fences, and a pine tree. Few Norton stoneware churns with rooster decoration are known, and the composition of this design is the first we have seen on an example of Norton stoneware. The incorporation of the large tree at the center adds to the rarity and visual appeal. Includes 19th century Albany-slip-glazed lid, not original to the churn. Restoration to surface, including areas of rooster, the ground and fence below the rooster, a portion of the churn's surface extending to the right side of the churn, undecorated areas on front, and edges of cobalt on bottom half of tree. Restoration to underside, apparently a restoration to a hole in the underside. A restored 5 1/2" crack extending up from base on left side of churn. Restored chips to one handle. A Y-shaped line to end of opposite handle. Additional wear to inner rim where a lid would rest.

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