Extremely Rare G. S. GUY & CO. / FORT EDWARD, NY Stoneware Magician Churn

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 200

Price Realized: $590.00

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

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October 26, 2019 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Decoration of a Standing Man with Hat, Stamped "G.S. GUY & CO. / FORT EDWARD, N.Y.," circa 1880, semi-ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, semi-squared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a slip-trailed design of a standing man with coat, viewed from behind, with a raised baton or wand in one hand, and a hat floating or falling in mid air below. The figure may depict a magician in the middle of his performance. (Interestingly, the design on this churn is closely-related to one depicted on a two-gallon crock, stamped "J.S. TAFT & CO. / KEENE, NH," sold as lot 47 in Crocker Farm, Inc.'s May 21, 2005 auction, and is likely by the same decorator. That design, however, depicts the figure holding two wands.) An imaginative figural motif from one of New York State's most significant towns of stoneware production. A long sealed crack from rim to right of decoration. A band of exfoliation to left side of churn's front, extending around much of body. Exfoliation to underside. Hairlines near base on side of churn. Handle chips. A tight spider crack from rim on reverse, extending to midsection. Typical wear to inner rim for lid.

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