Old Hand Thrown Stoneware Salt Glazed Crock Cobalt Blue on Gray Foliate Design
Description: A beautiful nice size wheel thrown stoneware salt glazed antique crock. This salt glazed stoneware piece is decorated with a cobalt blue over gray background of a repeating of what believe is a floral and foliate design along the circumference of the exterior near the top. There is also a raised band delineating a short concave neck ending in a formed rim that is ~1/2" tall and ~1/2" wide. The inside is also glazed with light brown colored background and is glazed. The piece is obviously a handmade wheel thrown piece. The piece has a flat base with a slightly recessed center and rising straight sides to a raised shoulder and concave short neck ending in a formed rim. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely early to mid-1900s and could be earlier.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Lancaster Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~5 1/4" diameter at the base, ~4 3/4" diameter at the top, and is ~8 1/4" high. The piece weighs a bit over three pounds and five ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very well made and very nice typical Americana piece of stoneware. The piece which we believe could be 100 years old has nice color, shape, and a nice decorative design and deserves 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 only thing we see are a few manufacturing defects to the surface which we attempt to show in the last few photos. There appear to be spots where the material popped during firing and left depressions and created crevasses on the surface. These appear to all be original to the making, which you can expect in such primitive pieces of pottery from the past. These truly do not affect the looks or the quality of the piece and give the piece great character. The piece also has a brown line surrounding one of afore mentioned crevasses which can be seen in the second and sixth photo. This again appears to be original to the making and does not affect its quality. Finally, as is the case with all these primitive pottery pieces, the piece has an additional few of the usual defects you would expect such as pops, unglazed areas and uneven spots. A great looking piece in great condition after being around for a long time. Please see photos to appreciate the quality, beauty and condition of this great piece.
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