Posted 5 years ago
After slowly building a salt glazed stoneware collection from flea markets, a couple of low profile auctions, etc., I visited the Washington Antiques Show and a very accommodating Folk Art specialist who took the time to educate me on several of his pieces. Feeling almost guilty, I bought this piece.
I have paid more for pieces since then, but at the time, it was the most I had paid for a piece of stoneware, and I definitely had some buyer's remorse afterward, because once placed alongside the rest of my collection, it almost blended (in a really nice way) with everything else, and didn't seem special enough to justify the cost. But what I have always appreciated about that piece is the education I got and the information provided.
Per the seller, the piece is from the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Virginia circa 1830 - 1850. It is 9 3/4" tall. Evidently the application of the handles is what provides the origin info (I included a closeup of that), as well as the incised rim. There are a couple of blemishes, some pre-firing and one post fire, but overall really good condition.
NOTE - I do not know what the blue design is called, so if anyone knows that, I would appreciate the info.