Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 224

Price Realized: $11,500.00
($10,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

October 17, 2015 Auction Catalog

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Large-Sized Stoneware Figure of a Seated Monkey with Whiskey Jug, Southern or Midwestern U.S., circa 1885, seated on an stepped plinth, with wheel-thrown body and applied free-standing arms and legs, curled tail, and top hat, the figure clutching a wheel-thrown jug in one hand and fondling himself with the other. Incised details to face, hands, and feet. Surface covered in a mottled brown Albany slip glaze with appealing cold-painted details to face. The sculpting process of this work is particularly evident in the arms, which display heavy potting knife marks. Vent holes to reverse and underside. This highly unusual sculpture appears to be a humorous commentary on the evils of alcohol consumption, possibly related to the Temperance Movement. While the figure's purpose is currently unknown, the hollow interior of the hat may have allowed it to serve as a match safe. Its large size suggests it may have been a display piece in a bar or other public gathering place. The subject matter, style, and glaze, are consistent with pieces produced in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. The craftsmanship and scale are exemplary. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with minor surface wear and two minor base chips, the underside with an in-the-firing iron ping and an in-the-firing separation with chip. H 12".


Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885Large-Sized Stoneware Drunken Monkey Figure, Southern or Midwestern, circa 1885

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