Rare Half-Gallon New York City Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 33

Price Realized: $1,380.00

($1,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, probably David Morgan, Manhattan, NY origin, late 18th or early 19th century, finely-potted ovoid jug with rounded foot, heavily-tooled spout, and ribbed handle, the front decorated with a large incised bird with detailed wing, perched on a stylized scallop-edged ground. Decoration filled with dark cobalt slip. Additional cobalt highlights around handle terminals. Attributes of the incised bird design on this jug closely resemble those found on the only known signed David Morgan piece with incised bird motif. Manhattan stoneware jugs of this size are quite rare, and those decorated with incised designs other than abstract leaves or flowers are highly unusual. This example measures approximately one-half-gallon. Provenance: George & Helen Van Kennen Collection, April 13, 1985, Denlinger Auctions. Very nice condition. A 7/8" shallow base chip on reverse. Some very tight surface lines, typical of early Manhattan stoneware, which very likely occurred in-the-firing. 3/8" stone ping on reverse, typical of early Northeastern U.S. stoneware. H 9 1/2".

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