Here's an exceptionally rare piece of 19th Century redware pottery in very good condition. It's was recently discovered in the cellar of an old farmhouse and still has remnants of calcium deposits around the bottom rim from having been stored on a dirt floor for generations. This pitcher has speckled green glaze covering most of the exterior with the exception of the area near and around the bottom edge as well as the underside. The interior is completely glazed in a mustard yellow color.
What makes this piece such an outstanding example of mid-1800s folk art are the applied decorations around the midsection: a large reindeer or elk, possibly a bear, and two birds! 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 including a short, 1 3/4" hairline that is tight and not structural threat. There's surface wear on the edge of the handle, a few minor chips, and very old chipping on the bottom edge. 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 10 1/2 inches high and it's widest point is about 8 3/4 inches. The base measures 4 3/4 inches in diameter while the opening at the top is about 5 inches across, including the spout. Thick and heavy, this pitcher weighs more than 4 pounds. It's a museum-quality piece that any discerning pottery collector would be proud to own.
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