Stoneware Mortar Impressed "J.P.S.," attrib. John Poole Schermerhorn, Richmond, VA

July 11, 2009 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 161

Price Realized: $3,450.00
($3,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

July 11, 2009 Auction Catalog

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Exceedingly Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Mortar, Stamped Four Times "J P S," attributed to John Poole Schermerhorn, New Jersey or Virginia origin, early to mid 19th century, tapered mortar with pouring spout and wide-footed base, decorated completely around its shoulder with a sweeping cobalt drape design. Impressed four times on underside "J P S." This mark is attributed to potter, John Poole Schermerhorn, by Kurt Russ and William Sterling Schermerhorn in their article, "Rocketts' Red Glare: John P. Schermerhorn and the Early Richmond-Area Stoneware Industry," found in the 2005 edition of Ceramics in America. See page 88 of the book for a stoneware example bearing this rare mark. Decorated American stoneware mortars are extremely rare. Signed and decorated examples are virtually non-existent. 1 3/4" shallow flake to rim, which may have occurred in the firing. Otherwise mint condition. H 4 1/8" ; Diameter (at rim) 5 1/4".


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