Extremely Rare Stoneware Flowerpot w/ Applied Pine Cones, David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV

Summer 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 172

Price Realized: $1,080.00

($900 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Flowerpot, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1885, wheel-thrown, tapered pot, decorated around the shoulder with sprig-molded and applied pine cone motifs. The pattern consists of groups of three pine cone tops interspersed with a full-bodied pine cone in profile. Original drain hole in underside. One of a small number of Morgantown pieces known with molded naturalistic decoration. Fingerprints appear around the interior of the rim, likely those of potter, David Greenland Thompson. Literature: For related works, see Duez and Horvath with Heindl, "The Stoneware Years of the Thompson Potters of Morgantown, West Virginia, 1854-1890," Ceramics in America 2011, fig. 59. According to this article, such objects were only made by David Greenland Thompson as gifts for family members and fellow townspeople. Two very short, faint hairlines in rim. Some small chips to pine cones. Faint traces of old green paint to shoulder. H 6 1/4".

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