1978 Stoneware Crock Salt Glazed and Decorated Cobalt Blue on Brown Man in The Moon Design Gail Dunlop of The Weathervane Shop Lancaster, PA
Description: A beautiful nice size stoneware salt glazed crock with side ear handles. This salt glazed stoneware piece is decorated with a cobalt blue design depicting the well known primitive design referred to as the "Man In The Moon" and shows a crescent moon with the face of a man within it. This is a reproduction of 19th century primitive American pottery common in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. This cobalt blue decoration is executed over the typical brown background coloring of the crock. The crock is also glazed on the inside in a dark brown coloring but is unglazed on the bottom. The crock has a flat round base with straight outwards rising sides ending at a slightly curved shoulder continuing to a straight neck ending in a plain rim. The shoulder has the two side ear shaped handles. The crock is signed on the bottom by the artist and dated in cursive calligraphy. A beautiful piece of pottery made in the best tradition of Americana pottery by a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania potter. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: The piece is dated 1978.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Lancaster Pennsylvania. The crock was made in Lancaster PA.
Size: Measures ~5" diameter at the base, ~6" in diameter at the top, and is ~6 7/8" high. The piece weighs about 2 pounds and 12 ounces.
Maker: Gail Dunlop.
Marks: Signed and dated in cursive calligraphy on the bottom. Has the wording "1978; Gail Dunlop; The Weathervane Shop; Lancaster Pa" incised on the bottom.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very well made and very nice typical Americana piece of stoneware having nice color, shape, and a nice decorative design deserving a prominent spot in any stoneware pottery or American pottery collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks, repairs, chips, hairlines, or crazing to the glaze. The piece has a few of the usual defects you would expect with a primitive piece of pottery such as pops, unglazed areas and uneven spots. However, this piece has very few and hardly noticeable such issues. Please see photos to appreciate the quality and beauty of this great piece. Please also consult the photos for additional condition information.
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