Unique Kentucky Stoneware Pitcher Sets Record At $143,750

Crocker Farm Sells E.H. Wood Rarity

August 18, 2016

On July 16, Crocker Farm of Sparks, Md., sold a rare three-gallon stoneware pitcher stamped “E.H. Wood” and dated “1840” by Ezekiel H. Wood, Maysville, Kentucky. With unusual incised bird on branches applied decorations, and impressed decorations, the pitcher was heavily embellished. Four different techniques – incising, impressing, sprigging, and slip-decorating, lavishly done -- place the pitcher in rare company. Estimated at $45,000-$65,000, it sold for $143,750 to dealer Clifton Anderson on the phone, underbid by dealer Kelly Kinzle in the salesroom.
Ezekiel Wood and his brother, John, manufactured stoneware in Maysville for a short period roughly between 1840 and 1845. A small number of pieces possess the mark “J & E. WOOD.” Likely done by Ezekiel Wood, as opposed as being made for him, it was a show piece and one of the most elaborately decorated stoneware pitchers in existance. The price achieved is an auction record for Kentucky pottery.
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