Rare and Fine J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Crock w/ Double Deer and House Scene

Fall 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 2

Estimate: $10,000-$20,000.A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $9,500.

Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Stag, Doe, and House Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT," circa 1855, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a standing stag with turned head and spotted body, flanked by a reclining spotted doe with stump and fence on a hill to the left and a three-section house with ten windows, a dormer, and door to the right. Stylized ground cover below and fence to rear of stag. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Only the second example of Norton stoneware that we have offered featuring the prized "double deer" motif, this work includes generous application of cobalt slip, the design measuring 9 1/2" tall and approximately 14 1/2" in length along the curve of the vessel's front. A 7 1/2" crack on underside, forming a wide vertical crack curving onto shoulder on reverse. A 1 1/2" rim chip on reverse. A small chip to side of rim and a minuscule rim nick on front. Some over-salting to left side of design. H 11 1/2".

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