C.A. HAUN, Greene County, TN Redware Jar

April 10, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 48

Price Realized: $29,900.00

($26,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Great Road Redware Jar with Elaborate Copper and Iron Decoration, Impressed "C.A. HAUN," Christopher Alexander Haun (1821-1861), Greene County, TN, skillfully-potted ovoid jar with slightly-flared, rounded rim, and wide strap handles. Decorated on both sides with bold green streaks of copper glaze flanking a reddish-brown streak of iron glaze on the front and back. Additional copper decoration extending over the tops of each handle, as well as under each handle towards base. Entire surface covered in a clear lead glaze over an olive and orange-spotted ground. Several rows of impressed rectangular decoration are coggled at the handle terminals. The raised signature "C.A. HAUN No 1" is coggled around the shoulder, flanked by a raised pinwheel design. This coggling extends completely around the jar's circumference, with Haun's raised signature visible on one side as well underneath one handle. Haun's career as possibly the finest potter in the state of TN was cut short on Dec. 11, 1861, when he was hanged by the Confederates as a bridge-burner sympathizing with the Union. One of the finest examples of Southern pottery to be sold at auction in recent years. Found many years ago in an antiques shop in Greene County, TN. Literature: Pictured in the book A Short Sketch of The Tragedy at "Pottertown" November-December 1861 by R. Donahue Bible. Excellent condition for pottery from this region. Some flakes to base area, approximately 5" hairline from rim on one side, and light wear to rim. H 13".

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