Exceptional 18th Century Westerwald Stoneware Pitcher w/ Incised Birds and Impressed Horses

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 129

Price Realized: $2,714.00

($2,300 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Profuse Incised Bird and Impressed Decorations, Westerwald, Germany, 18th century, highly-ovoid form with tall, heavily-tooled neck and pinched pouring spout, the ribbed handle with scrolled lower terminal. Front exuberantly decorated with two large incised birds with heavily-spotted bodies and striped wings, one feeding an impressed flower blossoms. Sides of pitcher decorated with impressed horse motifs within impressed floral medallions. Additional impressed floral motifs throughout surface. Neck of pitcher decorated with overlapping vertical ellipses. Heavy cobalt highlights throughout incised and impressed decoration, including painstaking application of the cobalt slip around the spots on the birds' bodies. Cobalt stripe decoration to neck. Among the finest examples of Westerwald stoneware that we have ever offered, featuring figural decoration of exceptional quality. Excellent condition with a small chip to side of spout. Tight spider lines to base area of jug, extending to bottom of right incised bird. H 14".

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