Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar by Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, circa 1810

October 29, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 189

Price Realized: $805.00

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

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October 29, 2011 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare and Important Early Stoneware Oyster Jar, attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, circa 1805, cylindrical jar with recessed rim allowing for a metal canning lid, the front impressed in large, deep letters "DANIEL / JOHNSON / No 24 / LUMBER STREET / N. YORK". Recent research by Brandt Zipp indicates Johnson was a free African-American oysterman, working in the vicinity of Commeraw's shop. One of a very small number of Manhattan oyster jars known. Provenance: Recently discovered in Canada. Heavy chipping to base. Faint 2 1/2" vertical line on front, extending from the second E in "STREET" downward, to the right of the "K" in "YORK". H 6 7/8".


Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar by Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, circa 1810Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar by Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, circa 1810Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar by Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, circa 1810

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