Exceptional 3 Gal. Thomas Commeraw Stoneware Jug, New York City, circa 1810

March 25, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 69

Price Realized: $9,440.00
($8,000 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium).

March 25, 2017 Auction Catalog

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Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Drape-and-Tassel Motif, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE / CORLEARS / HOOK", Manhattan, NY, early 19th century, ovoid jug with footed base and heavily-tooled spout, featuring an elaborate impressed and cobalt-highlighted drape-and-tassel motif resembling three clam shells. Impressed above decoration with the name, "COMMERAWS", and below with the words, "STONEWARE / CORLEARS / HOOK". Cobalt highlights to impressed words and handle terminals. Featuring brilliant cobalt slip, superior color, and heavy impressed decoration, this jug is the finest example of Thomas Commeraw stoneware to come to auction in years. Also noteworthy is the jug's remarkable state of preservation, essentially surviving in the condition in which it was made over two-hundred years ago. Commeraw has gained notoriety in recent years due to Brandt Zipp's research, which has revealed the potter was of African ancestry. This information distinguishes Commeraw as one of the earliest African-American master craftsmen to operate his own establishment in the United States. Provenance: A previously-undocumented example, which was recently-discovered in an 18th century Connecticut house that included many of its original furnishings. This jug descended in the family of the consignor, presumably since its manufacture. Exceptional, essentially as-made condition with an in-the-firing contact mark to right side of jug's front and some areas of staining. H 16 3/4".


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