Antique Brown Transferware American Large Pitcher, Cook Pottery Co. Trenton, New Jersey 1890s
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This elegant white porcelain pitcher is molded, scalloped, gilded and decorated with floral transfers of brown, accented with pink and lavender petals. It was produced by the Cook Pottery Company in Trenton, New Jersey, which was founded in 1894 when Charles H. Cook purchased the Ott & Brewer Pottery. Cook Pottery closed in 1929, one of the many potteries in Trenton that were victims of the Great Depression. The firm used "Mellor and Company" in some of its marks because F.G. Mellor was vice-president of the pottery at its start. One of the more than a dozen marks the company used, the one on the bottom of this pitcher consists of a four leaf clover and the words SEMI VITREOUS and MELLOR & CO. This particular stamp was used on their pieces with the shape they named "Juneau."
The pitcher is substantial in size, with a height of 11 inches at the spout, a belly 10 inches across and measuring 9 inches from spout to handle. It weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces. The curvaceous body has many raised feathered scrolls, as does the wide handle, and the floral designs reach around to all sides. There are lots of touches of gold; some are worn, like that along the upper rim, and some are surprisingly intact, like the stripe along the base. Other than a hairline and some small areas of discoloration in the spout, pictured in photograph # 8, it's in very good condition, with no other cracks, chips or stains.
This is a lovely late Victorian pitcher, originally a water jug, that can now add to a transferware collection or sit pretty on your favorite table.
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