This J & E Norton jug with hawk decoration is a rare and exceptional example from the prized pottery in Bennington, Vermont. Based on rarity, this jug ranks an "A" in The Birds of Bennington book. It is featured on page 100. It shows a landed hawk with horizontal wing tips. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or hairlines--only a pre-firing chip in the lip.
Pair of Antique Pennsylvania Redware Plates
This matched pair of slip decorated redware plates originates from Pennsylvania c. 1850. They are in exceptional condition with 3 minor chips and no cracks. The glaze is in surprisingly good condition retaining full gloss, no wear and minimal crazing.
Add them to your collection or get started in the beautiful world of 19th century redware with these fine pieces.
Dimensions: 10.5" dia.
Pennsylvania Redware Pie Plate
Early 19th c. Pennsylvania redware plate with five-line yellow slip decorated design. A coggled rim encompasses the edge.
Very good condition.
From Chester County, PA, this plate was part of a collection in Ephrata, PA.
John Burger Jr. Butter Churn
Five gallon butter churn from the pottery of John Burger, Jr. in Rochester, New York. This stag-decorated vessel exhibits the superlative artwork of the master
decorator at the Burger pottery.
In the post-1850's, stoneware production increased. As wares proliferated, the larger potteries sought to distinguish themselves through the artwork on the vessels. The potteries increasingly employed itinerant artists to create distinct decorations. Thus, the unfired objects became a medium for unsophisticated folk art design. Larger pottery operations became known for their trademark designs. The two generations of Burgers produced some of the finest cobalt decoration of all potteries.
J & E Norton Stoneware Jug w/Peacock Decoration c. 1850-59
Exceptional and very rare three gallon stoneware jug stamped “J. & E. NORTON BENNINGTON VT VIII”. The front is decorated with a large cobalt blue peacock with polka dot tail, perched on a branch of a stump.
The book “The Birds of Bennington” by Steven B. Leder and Fred Cesana describes this piece. On p. 84 they say that the form is "rare" with only 4-9 pieces known to exist.
The Norton factory of Bennington, Vermont featured a peacock on a stump or reclining deer designs. (Stoneware and Blue & White Pottery by Kyle Husfloen) This is one such piece from the artist at Norton known for his peacock decorations.
Excellent condition. The firing process resulted in a clean, nearly white surface with minimal bake stain and no fry, pops or cracks.
This jug, from around 1860, bears a striking similarity to jugs from the J & E Norton pottery of 1850-1859. The resemblance is in the artwork. This decoration of a pheasant perched on a stump is very similar to the pheasant and peacock on stumps from Bennington. It could be that an artist who appears as an employee on both companies' rosters--Jacob Mertz--was the artist.
This jug is from the Whites pottery of Utica, New York. Noah White and his sons produced a large amount of stoneware, making the Mohawk River valley one of the leading producers of 19th century stoneware. Decorated with a parrot, this jug is in good condition.
Made by John Burger at his pottery in Rochester, New York, circa 1860.
John Burger is admired for making some of the most detailed and masterfully decorated pieces of American stoneware. Among the thriving potteries of Rochester, New York in the 19th century, Burger employed some of the most skilled artists who decorated the wares prior to firing. Examples stamped with the Burger mark remain highly desirable among collectors today.