Williamsburg Tall Salt Glazed Stoneware Pitcher With Cobalt Trim
The Williamsburg Pottery was started by one man, Jimmy Maloney, to reproduce eighteen different pieces of pottery for newly restored Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia to sell in 1938. This pitcher has the hand carved leaves colored with cobalt and the salt glazed grey stoneware body that the pottery is known for. The incised concentric rings around the neck were colored with cobalt, also. Sadly, the pottery became a business that in the 1960's was the "largest U.S. importer of home goods from Asia" (Wikipedia) and is now housed in a $20 million mall. Ah, progress...
This handsome pitcher stands 7 1/4 inches tall and measures 5 inches handle to spout. The 3 inch diameter base is incised on the bottom with the circular "Williamsburg Pottery" mark with "VA." in the center. The piece weighs 2 pounds and is in excellent condition.
A collection of this pottery is easy to display, since they do not need lots of space and there seems to be a number of different pieces made that vary in shape and purpose, yet all of them harmonize nicely.