Rare Stoneware Bank Inscribed in Cobalt "WILLIA", probably R.T. Williams, New Geneva, PA

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 277

Price Realized: $1,092.50

($950 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Stoneware Bank with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed in Cobalt "WILLIA", probably R.T. Williams, New Geneva, PA, circa 1885, large-sized, ovoid bank, the top surface with carved coin slot surrounded by tooled circular accents. Front of bank decorated with a brushed undulating vine between straight and wavy cobalt stripes. Reverse decorated with the faint freehand inscription, "WILLIA", presumably for well-known New Geneva potter, R.T. Williams. Relatively few cobalt-decorated stoneware banks from this region are known. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor many years ago. A 7/8" base chip and other minor base nicks. Typical, shallow chipping to coin slot. An in-the-firing chip and other minor wear to molding surrounding coin slot. Some fry to cobalt. H 5 3/4".

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