Stoneware Rattlesnake Jug

January 30, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 177

Price Realized: $1,265.00

($1,100 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Stoneware Harvest Jug with Applied Rattlesnake, probably Southcentral U.S., fourth quarter 19th century, ovoid vessel with wide spout for filling, the interior coated in Albany slip, the exterior with a tannish slip coating. Hand-modeled rattlesnake coils around the body of the jug, forming the handle, its head resting on the jug's bell-shaped finial. Snake features applied rattle, circular eyes, incised nostrils, and open mouth bearing numerous teeth. Rattlesnake's body is decorated with numerous slashes of Albany slip. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the jug is the fact that the snake's mouth serves as its pouring spout. A hole bored in the snake's mouth prior to firing allows liquid to flow from it. Hence, the snake serves as the jug's handle and spout. An outstanding and visually-appealing example of functional folk art. Snake's lower jaw missing. Light wear to surface. H 12 5/8".

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