Extremely Rare and Important Edgefield, South Carolina, Stoneware Face Cup

July 22, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 114

Price Realized: $41,300.00
($35,000 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium).

July 22, 2017 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare and Important Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Cup, Edgefield District, SC origin, circa 1850-1865, baluster-form mug with ovoid body and flared rim, decorated with an applied clay face, including bulging kaolin eyes that rattle freely within their sockets, a nose with pinched tip, curved ears, and an open mouth with individually-applied, pointed kaolin teeth. Surface covered in a glossy, olive-green alkaline glaze. Underside with early label, inscribed in ink, "Made in Africa / Presented to T H B / by / Horace T. Smith / of Phila / Pa.," indicative of the mystery and misattribution of Edgefield face vessels during the early decades of the 20th century. This cup is one of a few examples of the form known in 19th century Edgefield pottery production. A similar example, possibly by the same hand, resides in the collection of the McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC. Restored handle and restored rim chip. Otherwise excellent condition. H 4 7/8" ; Diameter (across top) 4 1/2".


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