Rare Antique Primitive Redware Pottery Pitcher with Applied Reindeer & Forest Decorations


Here's an exceptionally rare piece of 19th Century redware pottery in very good condition. It was recently discovered in the cellar of an old farmhouse where it had been stored for generations. This pitcher has mottled green glaze covering much of the exterior while the decorated side and the interior are glazed in a mustard yellow color. Near the bottom and the complete underside are unglazed, with a dry, red clay surface

What makes this piece such an outstanding example of mid-1800s folk art are the applied decorations around the midsection: a reindeer or elk with large antlers, pine trees, and flowers! Given the age of this bulbous-shaped pitcher, it's remarkable these adornments weren't broken off or significantly damaged over time. There are signs of age and wear with a chip in the bottom edge and some glaze abrasions. Surviving pieces of redware typically have significant damage due to the heavy use they saw in their day. This pitcher is very well-preserved and is likely one of a kind.

It stands 9 3/8 inches high and it's widest point is about 7 inches. The base measures 3 7/8 inches in diameter while the opening at the top is about 4 1/2 inches across, including the spout. Thick and heavy, this pitcher weighs about 3 pounds. It's a museum-quality piece that any discerning pottery collector would be proud to own.


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