Thomas Commeraw (Manhattan) or Warne & Letts (South Amboy, NJ) Jug

March 5, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 191

Price Realized: $805.00

($700 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Three-Gallon Ochre-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Triple "Clamshell" Design, attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, or Warne & Letts, South Amboy, NJ, early 19th century, ovoid jug with rounded foot, elaborately-tooled spout, and heavily-ribbed handle, decorated with an impressed triple "clamshell" design flanked by additional impressed crescents and interspersed with impressed tassels. Impressed decoration and handle terminals are highlighted in an unusual ochre-colored slip. The distinctive impressed "clamshell" design was employed by the Manhattan potter, Thomas Commeraw, as well as the potting firm of Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts of South Amboy, NJ. Provenance: A newly-discovered example consigned from Florida. Numerous spidering cracks extending upward from base and underside. Contact mark on shoulder. Several base chips. H 15 1/2".

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