Very Rare Pint-Sized WV Stoneware Presentation Pitcher, Inscribed "Cyrus Deem 1878"

March 24, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 148

Price Realized: $1,416.00

($1,200 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed "Cyrus Deem 1878", West Virginia origin, 1878, small-sized, semi-ovoid pitcher with tooled rim and molding at base of collar, the front featuring the incised and cobalt-highlighted name, "Cyrus Deem 1878", flanked by scrolled brushwork. Decorated above with a wavy line of cobalt. Collar decorated on each side with two stylized tulips, flanking the stripe-decorated spout. Handle with heavy cobalt stripe and spot decoration, along with heavy cobalt highlights to the handle terminals. This pitcher, of appealing size and form, was made for a farmer named Cyrus Deem, listed in the 1880 Federal Census as living in Wood County, West Virginia. The form and decoration on this pitcher are closely-modeled after pieces produced at the A.P. Donaghho Pottery of Parkersburg, WV, also located in Wood County. It is possible that this pitcher was made at a lesser-known West Virginia pottery in or near Wood County, or perhaps at the Donaghho Pottery, where it was decorated by a less-refined hand. Exceptional size and rare presentation inscription. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA. Minor spout wear. Very nice condition. A 2 1/4" hairline from rim on side of pitcher. A small chip to exterior of rim, a minor nick to interior of rim, along with other rim wear. H 5 1/4".


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