Extremely Rare Decorated Small-Sized Toy Stoneware Pitcher, possibly West Virginia

July 21, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 264

Price Realized: $2,006.00

($1,700 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Stoneware Toy Pitcher with Cobalt Decoration, possibly WV origin, circa 1875, miniature pitcher with tooled body and semi-squared rim molding, decorated around the midsection with a large tulip blossom modeled after Western PA designs, a central star, and a hanging foliate motif. Rim and spout decorated with cobalt dashes. Horizontal cobalt dash to each side of the collar. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. This pitcher, probably too small to be a salesman's sample, was likely made as a child's toy, possibly for a doll set. It is among the smallest 19th century cobalt-decorated stoneware pitchers that we have seen. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which surfaced in Alexandria, VA. Excellent condition with a small spout chip. H 1 5/8".

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