Outstanding Loy Family, Alamance County, NC Redware Bowl w/ Multi-Colored Spotted Slip Decoration

November 3, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 6

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Outstanding Glazed Redware Bowl with Elaborate Three-Color Slip Decoration, attributed to Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC, circa 1825-1840, thin-walled, tapered bowl with delicately-formed, flared rim, profusely-decorated with spattered drips of a copper, manganese, and cream-colored slip under a clear lead glaze. This example is one of a small number of surviving bowls and dishes featuring Loy's striking spattered slip treatment. While Loy's oeuvre reveals his proficiency in delicate slip-trailed decoration, this rarer, spontaneous method of slip application has also been documented. The bowl's dazzling array of three colors, haphazardly scattered over an orange ground, creates a wonderful folk expression with a surprisingly modern feel. An important recent discovery in North Carolina redware. Literature: For related examples, see Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Solomon Loy: Master Potter of the Carolina Piedmont, Ceramics in America 2010, (Lebanon, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2010), p. 119, fig. 5 and p. 122, fig. 25. A third dish bearing an identical three-color-slip treatment is currently on display at the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, NC. Wear to interior base. Some additional wear to rim area. H 2 1/2" ; Diam. 8 5/8".


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