May 21, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 30

Price Realized: $26,400.00
($24,000 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

May 21, 2005 Auction Catalog

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Rare and Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Game Bird Scene, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER," circa 1860, tall, narrow churn form with handles, decorated with a large slip-trailed cobalt bird scene. Bird with long legs and turned head, situated between a palm tree and a bush. Decoration covers a large amount of the front of the churn, and is artistically rendered with detail to the bird and shaded regions to the decoration. Bird, tree and bush situated on a detailed ground with various grasses and shrubs. A cobalt script "6" is slip-trailed above the decoration. Maker"s mark highlighted in cobalt. A phenomenal example of American stoneware, and a testament to the abilities of the craftsmen at the John Burger pottery. Y-shaped crack on underside, extending up side of churn 5 1/2". Some fry to tree and minor spots of fry to other areas of decoration. Wear to Albany slip glaze on interior of rim. In-the-making stone ping on rim and very minor rim chip. Height 20 1/2".