Very Rare Probably West Virginia Stoneware Pitcher with Lead-Glazed Interior

July 20, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 217

Price Realized: $10,030.00

($8,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher with Lead-Glazed Interior, probably WV origin, circa 1825, ovoid pitcher with combed incising to body and collar, heavily-decorated around the body with vertical swag motif. Collar decorated with brushed cobalt drapes. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Shoulder impressed with distinctive one-and-a-half-gallon capacity mark. Exterior with very light salt glaze. Interior with highly unusual lead-and-manganese glaze. The combined use of salt glazing on the exterior and lead glazing on the interior is essentially unknown in early American stoneware production and suggests that this was an earthenware potter's early effort at stoneware production. The refined potting of this example indicates a skilled maker and its excavation in Morgantown, WV suggests it was possibly made in that city or nearby. Provenance: Excavated in Morgantown, WV. Heavy chipping to base on front. Otherwise excellent condition with two minor in-the-firing pings to side of rim.

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