Loop-Handled Stoneware Jar attrib. Capt. James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1780-90

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 64

Price Realized: $373.75

($325 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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July 20, 2013 Auction Catalog

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Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Captain James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1780-1790, approximately four-gallon, ovoid jar with dramatically-tooled collar, footed base, and open loop handles, the front decorated with a brushed watchspring design accented with stylized tassel or foliate brushwork. Reverse with a wavy stripe of cobalt, underscored by a thickly-brushed cobalt stripe. Attribution is based on the distinctive watch spring decoration as well as the wavy line decoration on the reverse. Sherd evidence collected by Robert J. Sim at the Morgan site in Cheesequake, NJ, now in the possession of the Monmouth County Historical Society, Freehold, NJ, are decorated with a similar wavy line motif. Numerous thin lines and some cracks throughout body, primarily to watch-spring-decorated side. Large Y-shaped crack in underside, extending partway up body of jar. V-shaped crack at midsection on cobalt-line-decorated side. Tiny base chips and a small sliver-shaped chip at base along crack line. Small chip to one handle. Large iron ping to rim on side of jar with 2 1/2" reattached rim chip and smaller reattached rim chip, both damage caused by iron ping. Small, shallow rim chip, possibly in-the-firing. H 13 1/2".

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