Vintage Stoneware Crock Salt Glazed and Decorated Blue on Gray Foliate Design
Description: A beautiful medium size wheel thrown stoneware salt glazed vintage crock. This salt glazed stoneware piece is decorated with a cobalt blue over gray background of a repeating 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 ~3/8" 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 1900's and could be earlier.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Size and Weight: Measures ~4 1/4" diameter at the base, ~4 1/4" diameter at the top, and is ~7" high. The piece weighs a bit over two and a half pounds.
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 white spot on the edge of the base appears to be some paint or coloring and is definitely not a chip. The only thing we see, is a very small spot on the side of the piece, which we show in the last photo and could be a spot of glaze loss due to a hit the piece has sustained. This is so small and hard to see and does not affect the beauty or quality of the piece. The piece also has a brown spot which can be seen in the first photo. This is original to the making and adds to the character of the piece. Finally, as is the case with all these primitive pottery pieces, the piece has a few of the usual defects you would expect such as pops, unglazed areas and uneven spots. Please see photos to appreciate the quality, beauty and condition of this great piece.