Antique Redware Large Bean Pot Lead Glazed Brown Colored with Ear Shaped Handles By Schofield
Description: A late 19th or early 20th century lead glazed redware bean pot with a dark brown colored accent to the edge of the base. The pot has a round flat base with slightly flared and rounded sides rising to a shoulder. The pot has two ear-shaped handles above the shoulder. The piece has a short neck with flared shaped rim having a an inside ledge where a lid would have rested. Unfortunately the lid is no longer with the piece. The pot is a nice brown in color and is decorated at the shoulder with incised line which goes all the way around the circumference. The piece is glazed inside and out except for the bottom. The bottom of the piece is unglazed but has developed a dark coloring as opposed to the usual reddish color of unglazed redware. Please review the photos presented carefully as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but sometime in the period of late 1800's to early 1900's.
Origin: Chester County, Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~5 7/8" in diameter at the base, ~4 5/8" diameter at the top, ~6 1/2" at its widest, and is ~6 1/4" high. The piece weighs about 3 pounds and 5 ounces.
Maker: Schofield Pottery.
Provenance: This piece was part of potter Ned Foltz and his wife Gwen's collection of Americana and pottery. Mr. Foltz included a small card with the piece which we will include as part of the sale. This was item 86 at the auction which took place in Reinholds, PA on April 18, 2015.
Condition: This scarce size pot is in general good condition given its age, it is missing the lid. It has no crack, breaks, or repairs. The pot has general crazing to the glaze. The piece also has several shallow chips to the top edge and the ledge within the top opening. It also has several flakes where the glaze is lost and showing the redware under it throughout the exterior surface. There is also a shallow but large chip on the underside of one of the handles. All of these issues can be seen in the photos. The surface of the pot has the characteristic roughness common in Schofield pottery. The piece also has several of the manufacturing defects you would expect in a primitive piece of redware such as pops, slubs, areas where the glaze did not fully flow, unglazed spots, and uneven spots. Most of these issues can be seen in the photos and as can be seen do not distract from the beauty of the piece. A rare piece from the size point of view of a beautiful form which would make a great addition to your antique redware collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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