Fine and Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Presentation Bowl, "R.B. Lago," Rockingham County, VA

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 220

Price Realized: $450.00

($375 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Fine and Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Presentation Bowl, Inscribed "R.B. Lago," Rockingham County, VA origin, circa 1860, thin-walled bowl with footed base, rounded sides, and circumferential incised banding, the shoulder incised with the cobalt-highlighted name, "R.B. Lago." Surface covered in a very light salt glaze. Rachel B. (Switzer) Lago was the wife of Rockingham County, Virginia, farmer Jacob Lago and is listed there in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 U.S. Federal Census schedules. Dying in 1874 at the age of 50, she is buried in Mount Crawford Cemetery. This delicately-potted form, stylistically related to a Chinese export porcelain bowl, is previously undocumented in the Rockingham County potting tradition. Provenance: Excavated decades ago in Alexandria, Virginia. Reverse half of bowl broken into pieces and reglued. Two minor rims chips. H 3 7/8" ; Diam. 5 3/8".

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