2 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Watchspring Decoration att. Capt. James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, 1780-90

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 63

Price Realized: $345.00

($300 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Scarce Ovoid Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Watchpring Decoration, attributed to Captain James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1780-1790, two-gallon ovoid jug with footed base, tooled spout, and ribbed handle, decorated with a slip-trailed watch spring design between two wavy lines. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Excellent color with vivid decoration. Attribution is based on a partially reassembled tankard recovered from the Morgan Pottery site in 1992 by Hunter Research, Trenton, NJ. The tankard is now owned by the NJ Dept of Transportation, Trenton, NJ. Hunter excavated a circa 1780 kiln on the west side of the Morgan pottery site. The tighter watch spring motifs, as seen on the jug offered in this lot, are associated with that post-Revolutionary period of production. Sim's diggings focused on the east side of the site, where decorations were more varied and flamboyant, and also from the 1770 to 1775 period before the pottery was damaged by the British. The attribution is also based upon similar sherds with wavy line decoration recovered by Robert J. Sim from the Morgan Pottery site, Cheesequake, NJ, now in the collection of the Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold, NJ. Thin horizontal crack through handle. 2" base chips and a shallow 1 1/2" chip on edge of underside. H 14 3/4".

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