Rare Inscribed White's Utica Stoneware Mug w/ Elaborate Incised Decoration

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 275

Price Realized: $1,121.00

($950 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Mug with Incised Figural Decoration, Inscribed "White's Pottery/ 146-14 / MWJ", Utica, NY origin, late 19th or early 20th century, tapered mug with footed base, featuring a detailed incised design of a hatted girl, seated dog, and basket with book, the figures positioned in the middle of a street, flanked by brick walls with open doorways. Reverse with heavy incised brick decoration. Base with coggled tulip motif motif. Handle molded in the form of a sea serpent. Surface covered in a Bristol slip glaze with cobalt highlights throughout. Underside hand-incised with the rare inscription, "White's Pottery / 146-14 / MWJ", the initials likely referring to the mug's decorator. Includes original pewter lid. An exceptional and highly-decorative example of White's stoneware, indicative of the rise of the American Art Pottery Movement. Strong condition with an old, tight 2 3/4" spider line from rim on interior, part of which is visible on the mug's exterior. H (to top of pewter thumbrest) 8 1/4".

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