Very Rare Bristol-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher, "Made at Flemington Pottery Fulper Bro and Co."

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 181

Price Realized: $5,750.00
($5,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

March 14, 2015 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Incised and Cobalt-Highlighted Figural Decorations, Incised "Made at Flemington Pottery Fulper Bro and Co.," Flemington, NJ origin, late 19th century, Bristol-slip-glazed, ovoid pitcher with brushed cobalt band below rim and elaborate incised and cobalt-highlighted figural decoration throughout, including the following: a painter brushing the firm name "Fulper Bro & Co"; a dog chasing a cat up a tree; a dog with cat beside a brick wall; a dog chasing a hissing cat with onlooking top-hatted man behind a garden fence; a cat catching a mouse; and inscriptions for the pitcher's use, which read "ice Water" and "Lemonade". The penmanship on this pitcher relates to that found on many of the advertising script jugs produced at the Fulper establishment. This example ranks among the finest examples of Fulper Bristol-slip-glazed stoneware known, and a wonderful example of New Jersey advertising, which promotes the pottery itself. A tour-de-force of Victorian-era incised decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased decades ago by the consignor. Some restoration to handle. Long horizontal hairline to shoulder, visible on reverse and sides. A vertical 2 1/2" hairline from rim on left side of pitcher. A tiny, in-the-firing iron ping at base on reverse. H 8 3/4".


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