Open-Handled Stoneware Crock Signed "Commeraws / Stoneware"

April 10, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 15

Price Realized: $1,725.00

($1,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape and Tassel Decoration, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE," Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1810, ovoid jar with rounded foot, tall collar, and open loop handles, decorated on the front and back with an impressed and cobalt-highlighted drape and tassel design. Impressed with the word "COMMERAWS" on one side and "STONEWARE" on the reverse. A fine example of early Manhattan stoneware. Although previously believed to be another potter of European descent working beside the Croliuses and Remmeys, research by Brandt Zipp has uncovered that Thomas Commeraw was, in fact, a free black potter. Brandt's book on Commeraw's remarkable life will be completed soon. Click here for more info. Minor base chips and a 1 1/8" base chip. 3/4" chip on exterior of rim, with 1 3/4" hairline extending down from it. Smaller chip on interior of rim, which appears to be in the making. Hairlines and thin spidering cracks extending up from base. One of these spidering cracks extends up to end of one handle. In-the-firing 3/8" touch mark to one handle. H 11 1/4".

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