Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

November 10, 2012
Mt. Crawford, VA, US

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Description: RARE SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED EARTHENWARE BOWL, completely lead glazed including under base, deep form with double-groove rim, copper and yellow slip decoration consisting of alternating sine waves and rings on shoulder, the top wave with added dots, wagon-wheel like decoration in center. Attributed to Christian Adam and/or John Coffman, New Market, VA.
Dimensions: 2 3/4" H, 9 1/4" D.
Date: Circa 1815-1830.
Condition Report: Good as-found condition, area of glaze loss in base and some minor spots on shoulder, rim is intact, exterior with some light firing hairlines that do not show on the interior.
Literature: For related examples see Cullity - Slipped and Glazed: Regional American Redware, p. 62, item 130, and color plate VI; and Sotheby's - Important Americana: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle, 5/26-27/95, lot 311.
Provenance: Recently discovered in Rockingham Co., VA.
Notes: A distinctive feature of this bowl is its fully glazed exterior including under the base. Both of the bowls noted in the literature above also display this feature and have New Market area provenance. A large amount of the ware attributed to John Coffman's New Market pottery also exhibits this characteristic.The Hagerstown-style of decoration seen on this bowl is directly related to Christian Adam's time spent potting in Hagerstown and the influence he brought with him to New Market. John Coffman and his brother Andrew apprenticed under Adam. When Christian moved west around 1822 John begin renting his pottery and eventually purchased it in 1827. John Coffman continued to produce pottery in New Market until his death in 1885.
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