Rare att. F.B. Norton (Worcester, MA) Stoneware Bank Inscribed "Addie"

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 172

Price Realized: $1,652.00

($1,400 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Stoneware Presentation Bank with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Inscribed "Addie," attributed to Frank B. Norton, Worcester, MA, circa 1860, ovoid form with button-form finial and carved vertical coin slot, decorated with two brushed leaves flanking the incised and cobalt-highlighted name, "Addie." Cobalt spot decoration accents the base of the leaves and the slot. This bank is exceptionally rare in origin. It is the first bank that we have ever offered attributed to Frank Norton's well-known Worcester stoneware manufactory. Norton is perhaps most well known for his standard, utilitarian forms decorated with leaves, doves, parrots, and a few other motifs. Specially-made, presentation items such as this bank are highly unusual from this pottery. We considered this recently-discovered work to be among the most important examples of Norton/Worcester stoneware to be come to auction in years. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor's grandmother years ago in Indiana. Spout with smooth chips and wear. Otherwise excellent condition with a tiny nick to slot. H 4 1/4".

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