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March 2015: Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
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Price Realized: $2,185.00 ($1,900 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Jug with Incised Fox and Bird Decoration, New York State origin, circa 1820, highly ovoid jug with tooled spout and applied handle, decorated with a folky incised design of a fox with a long-tailed bird perched on its back. Fox is depicted with bushy tail, stick-like legs, and highly stylized triangular face with whiskers. Fox's body is accented with numerous impressed circles. These same circles form the eyes of both the fox and bird, as well as the initials "N L" (the presumed owner of the jug) below the animal designs. Incising is highlighted in cobalt blue. Impressed "2" below the spout. A very rare figural decoration on a stylish, early jug form. Spout chip and a few small base chips. H 13".
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