Rare J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Crock w/ Cobalt Lion and House Motif

Fall 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 386

Price Realized: $900.00

($750 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Lion and House Motif, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT," circa 1855, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a slip-trailed scene depicting a seated lion with heavy mane and curled tail, including house and stylized bush in the background and fence in the foreground. Cobalt accents to maker's mark. The Nortons' lion design is rarely found on a crock this small in size. The rendering of the house is also unusual, its narrow form and solid cobalt roof and base making it appear more like a tower. Restoration throughout upper third to upper half of crock, not affecting decoration. Restoration includes paint to handles, although handles appear largely original. An approximately 6" area of restoration to base on left side of crock's front / left side of crock. A Haynes Restoration label on the underside indicates this may be an overzealous restoration. A flake to restoration below rim. A tight 3 1/2" X-shaped line to base area on front. Some exfoliation visible at the maker's mark. A small in-the-firing iron ping to reverse. H 9".

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