Rare New England Redware Jar Incised "John Dunes / 1835"

July 16, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 170

Price Realized: $1,265.00

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

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Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Jar with Incised Inscription, Signed "John Dunes / 1835," attributed to John Duntz, New Haven, CT, skillfully-potted ovoid jar with rounded foot and flaring squared rim, decorated with incised lines and wavy combed incising at rim, shoulder, and midsection. Incised around midsection "keep it fore you[r] sake September the first 1835 John Dunes". Surface covered in a clear lead glaze over a red and orange ground. This exact jar (or its mate) is mentioned in Lura Woodside Watkins' book, Early New England Potters and Their Wares. In it, she writes, "Frederic Fairchild Sherman in 'Early Connecticut Artists and Craftsmen' mentions J. Duntze as a New Haven potter. He is probably the man who marked a dark brown stoneware [actually redware] jar in the Old Sturbridge Village collection 'John Dunes/ keep it for you sake/ September first 1835.'" A particularly rare example of New England redware. Restoration to underside base and areas of surface. Rim chips. H 6 1/2".

Rare New England Redware Jar Incised Rare New England Redware Jar Incised Rare New England Redware Jar Incised

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