Outstanding J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn w/ Elaborate Decoration

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 72

Price Realized: $747.50

($650 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare and Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.", circa 1855, ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a flowering plant bearing two large blossoms with spotted centers and comma-shaped accents to the petals, emanating from a stem with scrolled leaves and surmounted by a central stem with two smaller blossoms. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Variants of this bold and artistic design, as well as a small number of bird designs, can be traced to a decorator active at the William E. Warner Pottery of West Troy, New York. Large area of restoration to base of churn, including clearly-visible painted restoration to base of design. Significant restoration on reverse, extending onto sides of churn. A 1 1/4" glazed-over handle chip. A minor glazed-over iron ping to right side of churn. A short in-the-firing line to interior.

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