Very Unusual Stoneware Jar with Bird Decoration attrib. G. & A. Black, Somerfield, PA

March 19, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 271

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

March 19, 2016 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Bird and Floral Decorations, attributed to George and Albert Black, Somerfield, Somerset County, PA, circa 1870, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder, ribbed lug handles, and tall collar with semi-squared rim, decorated with a brushed cobalt design of a bird with spotted tail facing a stem bearing flower blossoms in the classic Black style. Reverse with abstract cobalt vine decoration. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Impressed with a four-gallon capacity mark on front and reverse. Any decoration outside of floral or foliate motifs are considered extremely rare on pieces made by members of the Black family in Somerset County. This jar is the only figural-decorated example of Black family stoneware we have seen. A 1 1/2" rim chip. A 3" surface line from rim on exterior, not visible on interior. Tight cracks in underside, continuing onto base area. A few base chips. H 14".


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