• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 78

RARE STAMPED "JOHN WALKER", WASHINGTON, DC DECORATED STONEWARE JAR

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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RARE STAMPED "JOHN WALKER", WASHINGTON, DC DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, "1 1/2" gallon capacity mark, ovoid form with squared rim and applied arched tab handles. Brushed cobalt triple bloom flower to one side, opposite side with three vertical leaf designs to shoulder, a leaf design below each handle, and additional cobalt to handle terminals. Circa 1835. 11 1/4" H, 5 3/4" D rim.
Catalogue Note: John Walker (c.1805-1883) emigrated from England in 1826. First known to have produced stoneware in Baltimore, Walker soon moved on to Washington, DC, where he is listed on a city directory in 1834. In the District of Columbia, Walker was employed by Richard Butt, who managed a pottery located at the southwest corner of Eighth and I Streets NW. Walker's pieces clearly show the influence, both decorative and in form, of potteries located in nearby Alexandria and Baltimore. Notably, John Walker not only worked as a potter, he also performed the services of a physician. By 1840, Walker had left the nation's capital moving west to Ohio and then Kentucky, where he worked with Cornwall Kirkpatrick, of Anna Pottery fame. John Walker continued to be listed as a potter living in Frankfort, KY on the 1860 and 1870 census. He passed away in 1883 and is buried in Frankfort Cemetery.

Condition

Excellent condition, except having two minor chips to rim and a chip to one handle.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Burtonsville (Maryland) Antique Show, 10/10/1981.