Very Rare Miniature 18th Century Manhattan Stoneware Jug

July 22, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 65

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Miniature Stoneware Jug with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, probably Crolius Family, circa 1740-1775, highly-ovoid jug with tall neck and semi-rounded spout, decorated around the body with three slip-trailed, four-petaled floral motifs, embellished with X-shaped trails. The distinctive designs on this jug can be found on 18th century sherds excavated at Manhattan's African-American Burial ground, adjacent to Pot Baker's Hill, where members of the Crolius, Remmey, and Corselius families worked. While this decoration can also be found on pieces produced until the early 19th century, the jug's distinctive spout construction indicates it was produced during the late second quarter or third quarter of the 18th century. Moreover, variants of the cobalt decoration on this jug have been found on pieces signed by or attributed to Clarkson Crolius, Sr., made circa 1800-1815, indicating this jug was likely made by an ancestral member of the Crolius family, possibly William Crolius, Sr., John Crolius, Sr., or William Crolius, Jr. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, excavated decades ago in Pawling, NY. Restored handle, with additional paint to surface of jug emanating from the handle terminals. Two small spout chips. H 4 1/4".


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