Offered for your consideration is an outstanding Early American J. Norton & Co stoneware jug with Folk Art cobalt bird decoration. Julius Norton used his stamp on this Benny Bird jug.
The one-gallon whiskey jug has a. Nicely glazed medium tan mottled patina and dark brown Albany slip interior. Norton designs during this time period are widely considered the finest of all 19th C.
American stoneware and this example is no exception. A well-potted, cylindrical form with eased shoulder, semi-squared spout and an. Especially nice loop strap formed ribbed gripper handle. The front features a bird perched on a stylized branch in slip-trailed cobalt hand-painted by the well-known artist John Hilfinger. The jugs blue decorated design contrasts beautifully with its light Vermont clay and makes it extremely visually pleasing.
The bottom has a slight bevel edge. Impressed with a cobalt-washed incised makers mark on the shoulder. J NORTON & CO / BENNINGTON, VT. The fabled Norton family of Bennington, Vermont, whose stoneware production spanned several generations and over 100 years, occupies the forefront of early American stoneware history. See Internet for further information on this highly respected, family-run manufactory.
Original, no repairs or restoration work have been done. Typical manufacturing flaws such as firing glitches are mentioned for accuracy.
There is a chip to the collar however it doesnt affect the jugs striking presentation or function. Cork as found is included.
Measures 11 inches tall with 7-inch bottom diameter. See photos for complete details and please consider them as part of the description.
Bennington Birds are truly some of the favorites with collectors. And this one is a great example in the desirable one gallon size. The item "J NORTON Cobalt BLUE Benny BIRD Salt Glaze Stoneware 1G Jug Bennington VT ca1860" is in sale since Wednesday, August 02, 2017.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Jugs". The seller is "kalalilly" and is located in Herkimer, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.