Description : A 19thC American Stoneware Whiskey Jug with primitive Cobalt Fern decoration, 1-Gallon capacity, Western Pennsylvania origin, probably Enoch Fowler, Maker (Beaver County), c. Wheel-thrown, slightly bulbous form with rounded shoulder, tooled spout, applied strap handle. Decorated on the body with a vertical Fern-like trailing vine, artistically executed in bold, Brushed Cobalt. Interesting Note : Prior to the decoration, this jug was dipped in two layers of slip.
First, an off-white/pale gray; then afterward, a medium gray. This method was used by a few potteries in Western PA, Beaver County in particular, to coverup the somewhat earthy, reddish-colored local clay. Not only did it provide a smoother, salt-glazed finish, it also made for a more traditional (gray) contrast against the blue cobalt decoration(s). See Internet for further information. Condition : Very Good overall with attractive form and decoration.
Theres a tight, t-shaped hairline (left side, rear) that extends into the base. See close-ups, photos 5, 6 & 11. Upper handle has a very faint surface line, not associated with any damage or repair (see close-up, photo #12). Inherent glaze, surface and firing imperfections, including gray slip drips near the heel and three small stone pings, noted for complete descriptive accuracy.
See photos for complete details and close-ups. Please consider them as part of the description.
Measures 11-1/8H x 6-3/4W overall with a base diameter of 6-1/8. A sturdy well-crafted vessel for your Western PA collection; weighs 5.8 lbs. Good Luck, thanks for watching, and be sure to bookmark my Auctions, listed and ending daily. The item "Antique Stoneware 1G Western PA Ovoid Jug with Cobalt Fern att.
1860s" is in sale since Tuesday, February 16, 2021. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Stoneware".
The seller is "mgs1971" and is located in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.