March 8, 2008 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 254

Price Realized: $3,335.00
($2,900 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

March 8, 2008 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Date "1839," attributed to John P. Schermerhorn, Richmond, VA, ovoid jar with tooled flaring collar and applied lug handles, decorated on one side with a vine of cobalt leaves and circular flowers. Reverse decorated with a cobalt "3" underscored by a brushed S-shaped flourish, possibly used to represent the name "Schermerhorn". Further decorated on the same side with the brushed cobalt date "1839" within a scalloped border accented with tassel-like brushwork. This jar is one of a very few dated Schermerhorn pieces known. It also exhibits some of the strongest, boldest cobalt floral decoration to be found on examples of James River stoneware. Recently discovered at a Virginia sale, painted completely black. 1 1/2", 3/8", and 1" long rim chips. 4" hairline from rim, through one handle. 1" indented touch mark on front. Y-shaped hairline on underside, continuing up 1" onto one side of jar and 6 1/2" up side of jar under handle. Lines do not appear to go through to interior, and jar rings true. H 14".