November 5, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 279

Price Realized: $4,180.00
($3,800 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

November 5, 2005 Auction Catalog

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Monumental Sixteen-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Large Cobalt Game Bird in Tree Decoration, Midwestern origin, circa 1870, tall straight-sided crock with shoulder incising and handles, decorated on the front with a large slip-trailed game bird seated on a tree branch. Game bird depicted with long neck, crest, and large tail, and decorated with various slip-trailed feather treatments, including dashes and dots on body and circles on wing resembling the eyes of a peacock tail. Seated on a tree or stump with branches and flower extending from it. Slip-trailed "16" with flourishes below the rim. Decoration measures an impressive 16" tall. Likely one of the largest stoneware bird decorations known. Top to bottom crack from rim to right of decoration, continuing onto underside. Crack runs through large base chip. A 12" thin crack from rim on front. Very thin lines around base, with a thin vertical 6 1/2" line on front from base and another thin vertical line on reverse. Handle chip. Height 21".