May 19, 2007 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 98

Price Realized: $13,800.00
($12,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

May 19, 2007 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Elaborate Incised Bird Scene, Dated 1839, probably Webster School, Randolph County, NC, ovoid pitcher with heavily ribbed handle and flared foot, decorated on front, back, and sides, with an elaborate incised bird design. Decoration consists of eight birds of various size and shape, perched in flowering branches. The bird"s eyes and other parts of the decoration are created from an impressed star. The back of the pitcher is decorated with the initials "W.R." incised in a calligraphic manner, and embellished with impressed stars. Below the initials, incised leaves flank the incised date "1839" (possibly 1832). Collar and base of handle decorated with impressed checkerboards. A finely-potted and ambitiously decorated example of American stoneware, with a probable Southern attribution. Color of the clay and style and subject matter of incising, coupled with the lack of cobalt oxide and the date of its production, all suggest the pitcher was made in the style of the Webster family of Randolph County, North Carolina. Heavy chipping to base. H 10 7/8".