Exceptional FORT EDWARD POTTERY CO. Stoneware Deer Churn

July 21, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 19

Price Realized: $7,080.00

($6,000 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding and Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Deer Scene, Stamped "FORT EDWARD / POTTERY CO.", George Satterlee, Fort Edward, NY, circa 1859, petite-sized, ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, profusely-decorated with a slip-trailed design of a deer with turned head, large rack, and striped body, standing atop a stylized ground with shrubs, between a large tree stump and split-rail fence. The lavish scene is executed in thick, bold cobalt slip against a light-gray ground, and appears almost oversized in comparison to the small, two-gallon churn it decorates. The design stands nearly 10" of the churn's 13" total height, and spans approximately 14" in-the-round horizontally, extending onto the sides of the churn. Despite the thick, enamel-like application of the cobalt, the design has no "fry" or bubbling whatsoever, and retains a strong luster. Light cobalt slip accents the churn's two-gallon capacity mark and the early, short-lived maker's mark of George Satterlee, which reads "FORT EDWARD / POTTERY CO"", a stamp used prior to Satterlee's partnership with Michael Mory. Includes Albany-slip-glazed lid. A significant recent discovery of early Fort Edward, NY stoneware. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor's father sixty years ago for $35. Churn in very nice condition with a 1" in-the-firing chip to left handle, which is glazed over, shallow chipping along edge of opposite handle, and a 3/4" in-the-firing contact mark to front. Lid with a tiny chip to central opening, an approximately 2" surface line to top (not visible on underside), and other very minor wear. H (excluding lid) 13".

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