STRASBURG, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE PITCHER, salt-glazed, "1 1/2" gallon capacity mark, low-shoulder form with incised shoulder ring, elongated neck with incised ring, rounded rim, strap handle, and flared foot. Bold brushed cobalt triple tulip and leaves decoration below spout, cobalt dashes flanking and covering spout, additional cobalt at handle terminals. Attributed to the pottery of William H. Lehew (b.c. 1825-aft. 1891). Circa 1860-1875. 12" H, 5" D rim. Literature: Form as Comstock - Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 297, fig. 5.274. See JSE Americana Auction, 11/15/14, lot 20 for a signed example of identical form. Provenance: The collection of Ronnie and Neal Kite of Esmont, VA.
Handle professionally restored, several small chips to foot, very light horizontal hairline above foot, small glaze spall above foot.