COFFMAN FAMILY, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, approximately four-gallon capacity, tall ovoid form with arched double-groove handles, heavy bead below the high collar and flat-top rim, base with beveled edge and no cut-off lines underneath. Bold, brushed cobalt horizontal foliate decoration on each side, one with an elongated flower head and the other with a rounded quatrefoil flower head, each with abundant feathered leaves. Probably William Carlton Coffman (1822-1896), working at Henry H. Miller's Elk Run Pottery near Conrad's Store/Elkton, VA; possibly John D. Heatwole (1826-1907), Dry River Pottery (active circa 1850-1890). Circa 1850-1860. 16" H, 8 1/4" D rim. Literature: Closely parallels Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 53, fig. 66. Provenance: Recently discovered in North Carolina. Catalogue Note: While this form was produced by Andrew Coffman, his sons, John Heatwole, and to a lesser extent Emanuel Suter, the shape of the flower heads is more associated with the Coffman family.
Good solid as-found condition, rim with a shallow top-edge chip and several chips and flakes to outer edge, small chip to underside of one handle, and scattered hairlines to body.