Extremely Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Two-Sided Incised Fox Decoration, Manhattan, NY, origin, early 19th century, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder and open loop handles, decorated on one side with a large incised and cobalt-filled design of fox, embellished with bushy tail, incised fur, and lolling tongue. An indecipherable word is incised at the shoulder. Reverse decorated with a similar motif. Form and color are consistent with stoneware produced in Manhattan, NY during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This jar was most likely made at one of the potteries operated by members of the Crolius or Remmey families, or possibly David Morgan. Animal decorations from this period in American stoneware production are extremely rare. Small rim chips. Base chips. In-the-firing stone pings in surface. Spidering hairline in underside, which extends up base in four places. These lines measure approximately 7", 4", 4", and 1", vertically from base. H 12 3/4".
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