November 5, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 185

Price Realized: $2,970.00
($2,700 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

November 5, 2005 Auction Catalog

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Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Coggled Rim and Molded Handles, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, W VA, circa 1855, semi-ovoid jar with slightly rounded rim, decorated on the front with a coggled vine design around the shoulder. Reverse of jar decorated partway with the same vine design, followed by a different coggled design of an undulating vine with groups of leaves. Molded pocket handles with embossed geometric designs, decorated at each end and along edge with cobalt. Jar decorated in cobalt on the front with a large flowering plant with leaves, a bud, and two different types of flowers. Excellent color, with bright cobalt blue against a light gray background. Impressed with the Thompsons" four-gallon capacity mark near base of jar on front. This example was likely made during the family"s early years of stoneware production, circa 1855. For a redware churn with similar brushed decoration, also attributed to David Greenland Thompson, see Ceramics in America 2004, p. 117, Figure 46. Excellent condition with a few short, faint lines in rim only and a few handle chips. Height 16".