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FINE AND RARE ZIGLER POTTERY, TIMBERVILLE, ROCKINGHAM

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FINE AND RARE ZIGLER POTTERY, TIMBERVILLE, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE PITCHER, slip-washed and salt-glazed, approximately one-gallon capacity, ovoid form with slightly flaring neck featuring a single, incised medial ring and beaded rim, strap handle with medial groove. Exuberant brushed and slip-trailed cobalt decoration comprising a central triple-bloom tulip flanked by two eight-point stars, three smaller stars repeated on each side of the spout which is covered with a quatrefoil, handle with three vertical leaves and additional cobalt at terminals. Attributed to Andrew Coffman (1795-1853), head potter at the Zigler Pottery (active circa 1830 to after 1850), Timberville, Virginia. Circa 1835. 11 3/8" H, 4 1/2" D rim.

Published: Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 44, fig. 38.

Provenance: Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA.
Crocker Farm, July 17, 2004, lot 127.
Exhibited: "'A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware,' The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery", Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, September 7 - December 30, 2004, No. 38.

Catalogue Note: The earliest products of the Zigler Pottery quite often display a dark brown surface. The use of a slip wash on this pitcher resulted in an unusual and very effective, sharp contrast between the body color and the cobalt decoration making this pitcher one of the most aesthetically pleasing early products from this firm.
Andrew Coffman was born in New Market, Virginia in 1795 and may have received training in the potting profession as a youth from Jacob and/or Christian Adam, important earthenware manufacturers who had recently moved from Hagerstown, Maryland. Little is known of Coffman’s early life, but John Zigler’s account books record him as an employee at his Timberville, Rockingham Co. pottery (six miles west of New Market) during the years 1829 to 1839. This time at Timberville was a formative period for Coffman, an era in his life when he evolved as both a craftsman and as a student of the business. Around 1840 he left Zigler's pottery and moved to the eastern part of the county where he established his Cold Spring Factory at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Elkton. Here he began producing stoneware, eventually employing or training a number of other important Shenandoah Valley potters, including John D. Heatwole. All five of Coffman’s sons became potters, and two of his daughters married potters. Coffman’s style and decorations were widely mimicked by other Shenandoah Valley potters, and he is also believed to have introduced a new form in Shenandoah Valley stoneware with his production of short, bulbous lidded preserve jars with applied arched handles, dubbed "squat pots". Both literally and figuratively the father of Rockingham County pottery, Andrew Coffman is considered to be a pioneer in Shenandoah Valley stoneware and an important Southern craftsman.
Condition
Excellent condition, small chip to spout and three others to rim, light 3" hairline off rim adjacent to handle, very light spider hairlines to left of front decoration.
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FINE AND RARE ZIGLER POTTERY, TIMBERVILLE, ROCKINGHAM

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Apr 05, 2014
Starting Price $5,000
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0006: FINE AND RARE ZIGLER POTTERY, TIMBERVILLE, ROCKINGHAM

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Est. $10,000 - $15,000Starting Price $5,000
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Lot 0006 Details

Description
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FINE AND RARE ZIGLER POTTERY, TIMBERVILLE, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE PITCHER, slip-washed and salt-glazed, approximately one-gallon capacity, ovoid form with slightly flaring neck featuring a single, incised medial ring and beaded rim, strap handle with medial groove. Exuberant brushed and slip-trailed cobalt decoration comprising a central triple-bloom tulip flanked by two eight-point stars, three smaller stars repeated on each side of the spout which is covered with a quatrefoil, handle with three vertical leaves and additional cobalt at terminals. Attributed to Andrew Coffman (1795-1853), head potter at the Zigler Pottery (active circa 1830 to after 1850), Timberville, Virginia. Circa 1835. 11 3/8" H, 4 1/2" D rim.

Published: Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 44, fig. 38.

Provenance: Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA.
Crocker Farm, July 17, 2004, lot 127.
Exhibited: "'A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware,' The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery", Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, September 7 - December 30, 2004, No. 38.

Catalogue Note: The earliest products of the Zigler Pottery quite often display a dark brown surface. The use of a slip wash on this pitcher resulted in an unusual and very effective, sharp contrast between the body color and the cobalt decoration making this pitcher one of the most aesthetically pleasing early products from this firm.
Andrew Coffman was born in New Market, Virginia in 1795 and may have received training in the potting profession as a youth from Jacob and/or Christian Adam, important earthenware manufacturers who had recently moved from Hagerstown, Maryland. Little is known of Coffman’s early life, but John Zigler’s account books record him as an employee at his Timberville, Rockingham Co. pottery (six miles west of New Market) during the years 1829 to 1839. This time at Timberville was a formative period for Coffman, an era in his life when he evolved as both a craftsman and as a student of the business. Around 1840 he left Zigler's pottery and moved to the eastern part of the county where he established his Cold Spring Factory at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Elkton. Here he began producing stoneware, eventually employing or training a number of other important Shenandoah Valley potters, including John D. Heatwole. All five of Coffman’s sons became potters, and two of his daughters married potters. Coffman’s style and decorations were widely mimicked by other Shenandoah Valley potters, and he is also believed to have introduced a new form in Shenandoah Valley stoneware with his production of short, bulbous lidded preserve jars with applied arched handles, dubbed "squat pots". Both literally and figuratively the father of Rockingham County pottery, Andrew Coffman is considered to be a pioneer in Shenandoah Valley stoneware and an important Southern craftsman.
Condition
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Excellent condition, small chip to spout and three others to rim, light 3" hairline off rim adjacent to handle, very light spider hairlines to left of front decoration.

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