Very Rare Half-Gallon Cortland, NY Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Gooney Bird Decoration

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 196

Price Realized: $6,490.00

($5,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Gooney Bird Decoration, attributed to Madison Woodruff and Romanzo Smith, Cortland, NY, circa 1868, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder and flared collar, decorated with a brushed and slip-trailed design of a long-necked bird with crest, open mouth, and heavy spot decoration, standing atop a swag-decorated ground. Slip-trailed "1/2" to shoulder. Exceptional size to the jar. The "gooney bird" design of Cortland is among the most iconic and imaginative bird designs in all of American stoneware. This jar, potted in an exceptional size, features a particularly bold and crisp rendering of this motif, possibly the finest that we have ever offered. Very nice condition with wear to inner rim, where a lid would rest. H 7 3/4".


Very Rare Half-Gallon Cortland, NY Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Gooney Bird DecorationVery Rare Half-Gallon Cortland, NY Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Gooney Bird DecorationVery Rare Half-Gallon Cortland, NY Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Gooney Bird DecorationVery Rare Half-Gallon Cortland, NY Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Gooney Bird Decoration

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