Extremely Rare Large-Sized Palatine, WV Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt Decoration

Summer 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 179

Price Realized: $2,520.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Palatine, WV origin, circa 1875, finely-potted bowl with applied lug handles, semi-rounded rim, and delicately-footed base with slightly-recessed underside. Decorated on the front and reverse with two large flower blossoms in the Western Pennsylvania style. Freehand stripe decoration to shoulder and base. Additional stripe decoration to handles and cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Exceptional form and size. This bowl is the first of its kind from Palatine, WV that we have ever offered. The base treatment, which adds a sense of refinement to the form, includes a recessed band above a narrow foot as well as a slightly-recessed underside. This underside treatment, occasionally seen in American redware and almost never seen in American stoneware, was accomplished by allowing the bowl to become greenware, then inverting it upon the potter's wheel, and trimming it as the wheel turned. Possibly designed to be used as a punch bowl. An X-shaped line on underside, continuing a short distance onto base area of bowl. This line is only partially visible on the interior. Minor, in-the-firing crazing to one handle. An in-the-firing contact mark to one side, in the form of a sliver-shaped piece of clay that adhered to the body during the firing. H 7" ; Diam. 15".

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