Unusual J. MILLER (Trumbull County, Ohio) Stoneware Churn

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 119

Estimate: $400-$600.  A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $300. 

Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J. MILLER," James Miller, Trumbull County, OH, circa 1840, semi-ovoid churn with wide, flaring collar and arched lug handles, decorated on the front with a boldly-brushed design of a drooping daisy. Freehand cobalt border around maker's mark. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. The floral motif and cobalt border on this churn is closely related to the brushwork on a one-gallon jar with cobalt "1833" date, stamped "J. MILLER / WHEELING, VA," sold in Crocker Farm's October 22, 2016 auction, lot 211. While this churn is unquestionably made by the James Miller who operated a pottery in Trumbull County, Ohio, It is unclear what relationship he had with the John Miller who operated the Wheeling pottery; these two examples seem to establish a familial link between the two heretofore unknown. Few decorated pieces bearing the "J. MILLER" Ohio stamp are known. Heavy chipping to rim. A thin, 7 1/2" crack from rim on reverse. A thin crack across underside, forming a wide Y at base. H 16 1/4".

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