Rare J. Hart / Ogdensburgh, NY Stoneware Churn w/ Anchor Decoration

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 30A

Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Very Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Anchor Decoration, Stamped "J.J. HART, / OGDENSBURG.," NY State origin, circa 1869-1874, ovoid churn with tooled shoulder, flared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a large brushed design of an anchor. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Includes Albany-slip-glazed lid. The maritime-themed design on this churn undoubtedly relates to Ogdensburgh's location along the St. Lawrence River. Ogdensburgh, located between Massena, New York and Brockville, Ontario, Canada, is the only United States port city on the St. Lawrence Seaway, serving as a major trade center during the 19th century. Featuring a desirable form and exceptional size, this churn is the only example of Ogdensburg stoneware that we have seen depicting an anchor, as well as the first that we have offered impressed with this specific Hart family maker's mark, used by Joseph J. Hart. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example. Churn in excellent, essentially as-made condition with some minor bubbling to cobalt. Chips to lid. H (excluding lid) 16 3/8".

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