EXTREMELY RARE SCHERMERHORN POTTERY, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE CHEESE PRESS JAR, salt-glazed, cylindrical form with plain rim, three tabs to lower interior, a 13 3/4" L interior vertical vent shaft, a drain hole above base, large applied arched handles, one having incised "A" below. Brushed cobalt triple-blossom floral decoration to one side, double-blossom decoration to reverse, additional cobalt across handles, and one with additional cobalt also at terminals. John P. Schermerhorn (1788-1850), Richmond Factory, Henrico County, VA. 1817-1850. 20 1/4" H, 11 3/8" D rim. RESERVE.
Literature: Parallels Hunter (ed.) - Ceramics in America 2005, p. 73, fig. 19, "Rocketts' Red Glare: John P. Schermerhorn and the Early Richmond-Area Stoneware Industry" by Kurt C. Russ and W. Sterling Schermerhorn.
Catalogue Note: American examples of stoneware cheese presses are an extremely rare find. Only one other Schermerhorn example has been recorded, selling at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates on June 27, 2008, lot 42.
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Very good condition, having a rim hairline, a chip to rim interior with associated faint hairline, and a few, mostly minor rim flakes.
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From a Virginia private collection. Recently discovered in New York state.