Exceptional Western Pennsylvania Stoneware Spaniel Doorstop

July 21, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 263

Price Realized: $3,422.00

($2,900 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding and Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Spaniel Doorstop, Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1865-1890, molded figure of a full-bodied, seated spaniel on oval slab base, the surface profusely-decorated with brushed cobalt spots throughout, as well as stripes to the dog's tail, heavy cobalt highlights to the ears and feet, and incised and cobalt-highlighted details to the face. Interestingly, the top of the animal's head features a simple brushed design of a smiling face, easily-seen when viewed from above while the spaniel was in use as a doorstop. The spaniel figures of Western Pennsylvania are considered some of the most iconic and prized stoneware items produced in the region. A highly-important spaniel on pedestal base produced from the same mold as this example bears the mark of the Greensboro, PA potter, James H. Atchison, and is illustrated on the cover of the 2007 exhibit catalog "MADE IN PENNSYLVANIA: A FOLK ART TRADITION", published by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Provenance: From a recently-surfaced NC collection, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Very nice condition with a firing crack to underside, extending onto base on reverse, a chip to side of dog's nose, and two small base chips. H 8 1/2".

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