A commanding antique Stoneware Butter Churn or Storage Jar with primitive Cobalt Floral decoration, 3-Gallon capacity, Beaver County, Pennsylvania origin, c. Wheel-thrown, slightly bulbous form with applied lug handles and tooled rim with integrated inner ledge for a lid. This is a thick-walled and sturdy vessel weighing nearly 15 lbs! Lightly impressed on the shoulder, towards the left handle: E FOWLER / BEAVER PA with a 3 capacity stamp interestingly located on the upper rim (close-up photo #12). Decorated on the body with a huge Fuchsia Blossom and trailing vine, artistically executed in bold, Brushed Cobalt with freehand stripe below.In addition, each handle terminal is highlighted with heavy cobalt. Gray Salt-Glazed exterior; Albany or Mineral Slip interior. Interesting Note : Prior to the decoration, this jug was dipped in medium gray-colored slip. 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 bold blue cobalt decoration(s). See Internet for further information. Condition : Very Good+ overall with attractive form and decoration.
Entire churn was painted green at some point, and there are scattered remnants of color visible throughout (see close-ups). Rim with wear and two flakes on interior; shallow chip reverse side, as shown.
Inherent glaze, surface and firing imperfections, including gray slip drips, surface lines (photo #7), staining, etc, noted for complete descriptive accuracy. Note : the diagonal line visible on reverse side (photo #5) is simply an overlap of the gray-colored slip, when it was dipped. See photos for complete details and close-ups. Please consider them as part of the description. Measures 13-1/4H x 9-1/2W overall with a base diameter of 8-1/2.The inner and outer rim diameters are 6-1/2 and 8-1/8, respectively. A very sturdy, well-crafted and surprisingly heavy vessel for your Western PA collection weighing in at 14.8 lbs. Good Luck, thanks for watching, and be sure to bookmark my Auctions, listed and ending daily.
The item "Antique Stoneware Western PA Churn Jar with Cobalt, Enoch Fowler, Beaver, c. 1860s" is in sale since Wednesday, March 17, 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.