Very Rare Old Bridge, NJ Stoneware Churn w/ Impressed Face Medallion, Morgan & Van Wickle

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 92

Price Realized: $2,520.00

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

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Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Impressed Face Medallion, attributed to the Morgan / Van Wickle Pottery, Old Bridge, NJ, early 19th century, cylindrical form with tooled shoulder, tall collar, and applied lug handles, decorated on the front and reverse with an impressed and cobalt-highlighted medallion depicting a face in profile with flowing hair, surrounded by a scalloped border. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. This specific face-decorated medallion is among the rarest found on a group of related stamp-decorated vessels, alternately attributed to Xerxes Price of Sayreville, NJ, the Morgan / van Wickle Pottery of Old Bridge, NJ, and Josiah Chapman of Troy, NY. The churn form is among the rarest in this series. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which recently surfaced in New Jersey. Two large, adjacent base chips, each measuring approximately 1 1/8". Additional smaller base chips. A few rim chips, including a shallow 3/4" flake to top of rim. A few minor chips and wear to inner rim for lid. In-the-firing iron pings, including a 1 1/2" iron ping below one handle.

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