Extremely Rare Stoneware Gemel with Incised and Cobalt-Highlighted Bird Decorations, Stamped Twelve Times "NEW-HAVEN," attributed to Absalom Stedman or Stedman & Seymour, New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1830, pair of conjoined small-sized jugs with flaring spouts and applied ribbed handle. Each jug decorated with an incised bird with ringed neck, crested head, and x-shaped eye, perched on a stylized vine. The wing of each bird, ends of each vine, and surrounding area, embellished with impressed circles. The mark "NEW-HAVEN" is impressed twelve times on this vessel, including impressions in a cross-like pattern on each jug. Cobalt highlights to incised decoration, impressed marks, and section where jugs are joined. Exceptional form with high folk art appeal. Literature: Pictured on p. 200 of the book Early American Folk Pottery by Harold F. Guilland. Exfoliation to one jug, mostly noticeable on side of jug at base, and on reverse. Stone ping and two very minor flakes on reverse of opposite jug. Spout chips. H 8 1/8".
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