J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Churn w/ Exceptional Standing Deer Decoration

March 19, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 3

March 19, 2016 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Standing Deer Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.", circa 1855, ovoid-bodied churn with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and semi-rounded rim. Front decorated with an artistically-rendered, slip-trailed scene of a deer with spotted body and turned head, standing between two trees and two fences. Heavy ground cover throughout. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Relatively few figural-decorated churns by the Norton family are known. The deer scene on this example features thickly-applied cobalt with strong contrast in the classic Norton style, and measures an impressive 9 1/4" tall by 10" wide. Two faint Y-shaped hairlines below right handles, one measuring approximately 4" long and the other measuring approximately 3 1/2". A 5" y-shaped hairline under left handle. Numerous nicks and shallow chips to inner rim where a lid would rest. A small chip to interior of rim. A 6" hairline on underside. A slightly-recessed spot on churn's front. H 16 3/4".

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