Here's an exceptional piece of antique folk art pottery to decorate your home or add to a collection! We found this old, decorated, redware pot while rummaging through an old home and it dates back to the mid-19th Century. It shows plenty of age but is in very good shape and has the most interesting surface !
Colored with oxides, this early piece is lead glazed in green with mustard yellow mottling. It has extensive, hand-applied, whimsical, slip decorations, giving it a very folksy appearance. Adding to its charm are sections of the surface left exposed and unglazed by the potter on purpose, to create a unique effect. The borders of the glazed and unglazed sections are highlighted in mustard yellow coloring which really makes this piece pop!
Some other details include the area near the bottom edge, as well as the underside, which were purposely not glazed. The uncoated portions of the surface have a dry, grungy patina from usage and generations of storage on a shelf in a cellar. In addition, this piece has an applied handle that's never been damaged. And, just below the pinched opening rim, there are incised lines that encircle the piece.
This was the type of container that saw regular use; it wasn't considered special back in its day. It shows a bit of age and wear but it's in remarkably nice condition for its age! The opening rim looks like its missing a sliver....very hard to see. There's also a thin, 3/8 inch long gap that runs down from the rim that resembles a tiny crack, but it looks more like a manufacturing flaw to us. This is a solid, rugged piece of pottery that's thick-walled and well-preserved.
As for size, this pitcher is about 10 inches tall with an opening that measures 5 inches across the spout. The bottom measures 4 3/4 inches in diameter; at its widest point in the middle, it measures 7 3/8 inches. As the photos show, it displays wonderfully and is likely one of a kind. Guaranteed old and authentic, this redware pitcher is a unique piece of pottery that's sure to draw attention wherever its displayed! You won't be disappointed in this!
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