Rare Virginia Stoneware Jar with Floral Decoration

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 131

Price Realized: $517.50

($450 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, probably T. & J. Ducey, Petersburg, VA, third quarter 19th century, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder and slightly-flared rim, decorated with a brushed cobalt flowering plant extending up the front. Additional brushed swags to the left and right. Impressed "1" at shoulder and Albany-slip-glazed interior. The front features a distinctive floral design employed by Thomas and John Ducey of Petersburg, a motif which was based upon the work of Henry Lowndes of the same city. However, the unrefined manner in which the decoration is applied suggests this piece may have been made at another James River pottery copying Ducey's work, or at least by a lesser-skilled decorator at the Ducey shop. Surface crazing throughout much of surface, most visible at shoulder on reverse. This crazing is not visible through the Albany slip glaze on interior. Glazed-over chip to bottom edge, created before the piece was fired.

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