May 19, 2007 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 133

Price Realized: $4,945.00
($4,300 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

May 19, 2007 Auction Catalog

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Rare Cobalt-Decorated Shenandoah Valley Stoneware Preserve Jar, attributed to William C. Coffman or his son, Rockingham Co., VA, circa 1860, squat, ovoid jar with applied ribbed handles, decorated with an undulating leafy vine on the front and back. Cobalt applied to handle terminals. Impressed with a distinctive one-gallon capacity mark used by William C. Coffman or his son, William R. Coffman. Also of note, are the clamshell-shaped cut-off lines on the underside, characteristic of this family"s work. This attribution is based on research brought forth in Evans and Suter"s "A Great Deal of Stone and Earthen Ware". For a preserve jar by the same maker see "A Great Deal of Stone and Earthen Ware," p. 38, fig. 22. A rare and desirable form distinct to one region of Virginia"s Shenandoah Valley. Faint 3 1/2" vertical line on one side, continuing 2" onto underside (which may have occurred in the making). Small rim chips. H 7 1/2".