IMPORTANT ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE PITCHER

Item/Auction Attributes

Attributed to Joseph Silber, probably working at Emanuel Suter's New Erection Pottery, or possibly at Rawley Springs
Second half 19th century

Undamaged except for a couple very minor chips to rim and base

9 3/4" h, 6" dia rim

Descended in a Harrisonburg, VA family

$8,000.00
$12,000.00

This pitcher is one of only three recorded Rockingham Co. pieces featuring a bird decoration which closely mimics a large body of wares produced by Cowden & Wilcox of Harrisburg, PA. These Valley anomalies can be explained by the fact that Emanuel Suter worked for a short time at the Harrisburg pottery near the end of the Civil War and would have been exposed to this particular decoration on a daily basis. It is possible that Suter actually decorated these Rockingham Co. pieces from memory, or more likely that Silber copied the decoration from an example which Suter had brought back upon his return home at the end of the war

Closely parallels Evans/Suter, p. 49, fig. 54