Very Rare Keister Family, Strasburg, VA Stoneware Chamber Pot w/ Cobalt Decoration

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 326

Price Realized: $324.50

($275 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Shenandoah Valley Stoneware Chamberpot with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to the Keister Family, Strasburg, VA, circa 1860, ovoid form with footed base, tooled shoulder, flattened rim, and applied strap handle, decorated around the midsection with a leafy stem culminating in a distinctive, multi-petaled flower blossom. The style of flower and clay color are both consistent with the work of Strasburg's Keister family. This chamberpot is the first cobalt-decorated stoneware example from the Shenandoah Valley that we have ever offered and is exceptionally rare. While a few later, multi-glazed redware chamberpots from Strasburg have survived, cobalt-decorated stoneware examples from this prolific potting town are virtually unknown. Handle reglued. A rim chip on reverse. A short, in-the-firing separation at front of rim. H 6 1/2" ; Diam. 8 3/4".



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