Outstanding 2 Gal. Baltimore Stoneware Pitcher w/ Elaborate Floral Decoration, c1825

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 99

Price Realized: $1,180.00

($1,000 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD, circa 1825, ovoid pitcher with footed base and tooling to shoulder and collar, decorated with a lavish flowering plant motif featuring a daisy surrounding the capacity mark and numerous tulips extending onto the sides of the pitcher. The lower handle terminals including additional tulips emanating in a vine-like fashion. The collar features stylized foliate brushwork girded between two freehand stripes. The currently-unknown decorator of this work draws his inspiration from William Morgan with the central daisy motif as well as the Parr family with meandering tulips. Outside of the incised masterpieces of the Remmey family and their contemporaries, this pitcher is among the finest-decorated Baltimore stoneware pitcher that we have seen, with a wonderful free-flowing artistry to the design. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, purchased by the consignor in Baltimore County, MD approximately twenty years ago. Restored handle. An approximately 4 1/4" x 1 3/8" restored section to rim to right of handle. A 4" diagonal hairline from rim. A small, in-the-firing rim chip, which is glazed over. Several shallow base chips. A very minor 1" line at base, probably in-the-firing. A minor 1 3/8" line from spout.

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