Outstanding Yale Stoneware Lidded Tobacco Jar

July 16, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 243

Price Realized: $747.50

($650 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Yale University Stoneware Lidded Tobacco Jar, ovoid form with tooled lid, both covered in a reddish-brown Albany slip glaze, the surface of the jar incised with pipes, matches, and a tobacco pouch, along with the following three poems: "To 3/4 of a cross add a circle complete; let 2 semicircles a perpendicular meet; next add a triangle that stands on 2 feet; then 2 semicircles and a circle complete," "This Indian weed- now withered quite, / Tho green at noon- cut down at night, / Shews my decay, / All flesh is hay- Thus think and smoke tobacco," "THE POETS OF OLD MANY FABLES HAV TOLD, / OF THE GODS AND THEIR SYMPOSIA, / BUT TOBACCO ALONE, / HAD THEY KNOWN IT HAD GONE FOR THEIR NECTAR AND AMBROSIA." The side of the jar is further incised "To / CHARLES / ENT / WILSON / AS A / SOUVENIR / OF / YALE 91." Underside of jar incised "DAVIS". Top surface of lid incised "humo pellite curas non". Underside of lid with pencil inscription "Chas his jar / Seward fecit (?)." An outstanding example of Yale stoneware, and the most heavily-incised we have seen. Jar in near mint condition with two minor rim nicks. Chips to lid. H (including lid) 7 3/4".

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