Very Rare 1 Gal. W. B. KENNER / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 468

Price Realized: $590.00

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

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Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Clover Decoration, Stamped "W.B. KENNER / STRASBURG VA.", circa 1880, ovoid pitcher with flared base and tooled rim, decorated with a two-stemmed clover motif extending up the front. Cobalt swag decoration to spout and cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Impressed with the maker's mark of pottery owner, W.B. Kenner, on side of collar. The Baltimore style decoration on this pitcher indicates it was made by the Baltimore-trained potter, George Henry Davidson, who operated in Strasburg for a period. Pieces bearing the maker's marks, "KENNER, DAVIDSON & MILLER / STRASBURG, VA" and "MILLER & DAVISON / STRASBURG VA" can be found with related brushwork. The maker's mark, W.B. Kenner, scarce on any form, is exceptionally rare when found on a pitcher. This is the first signed W.B. Kenner pitcher that we have ever offered. Restored handle. A 1 1/2" chip to left edge of spout and other minor spout wear. A chip to interior of rim. Some restoration to rim area. Additionally, a 4 3/4" partially-restored line from rim on reverse. Minor nicks to molding at base of collar. Two minor base chips.

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