Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to John P. Schermerhorn, Richmond, VA, circa 1830, ovoid jar with heavily-tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and semi-squared rim, decorated on the front and reverse with a flowering vine bearing circular blossoms and a hanging leaf. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Excellent form, decoration, and color. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased decades ago, consigned from California. A tight spider line extending across underside, which forms a small Y at base of jar. Light surface wear to midsection, visible at the base of the design on one side. A short, faint surface line to exterior of rim, not visible on interior. A minor nick to interior of rim. H 15".