Extremely Rare and Important Ovoid Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Decoration, Manhattan, early 19th century

November 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 12

Price Realized: $4,600.00

($4,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Jug with Profuse Incised Apple and Floral Decorations, Manhattan, NY origin, early 19th century, approximately four-gallon, highly-ovoid jug with rounded spout and ribbed handle, decorated with a deeply-incised design of a plant bearing an apple and large fan-shaped flower blossom. The distinctive floral and fruit designs on this jug indicate that it was by the same hand as the well-known "Elizabeth Crane" punchbowl, which is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While the punchbowl has been attributed in the past to John Crolius, Jr., there is no body of work from him known to support this attribution. The several pieces known by the potter of this jug indicate he was a highly-skilled craftsman, creating some of the finest incised decorations in early 19th century Manhattan. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a long-term private collection. A 2 1/4" cement-filled flake on front, with a small amount of cement also visible on interior. A crack extends off from this damage around left side of jug to reverse. An approximately 3/4" in-the-firing chip / contact mark to shoulder. A few other small contact marks to side of jug. 2 1/4" piece of clay adhered to base on reverse. Some in-the-firing crazing to surface. In-the-firing chip / contact mark to shoulder. H 16 1/2".

* View our blog post on this topic for more information, including a link to an image of the aforementioned related punchbowl.

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