Unusual Stoneware Mortar with Wooden Pestle, Abraham Mead, Greenwich, Connecticut, c1790

November 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 24

Price Realized: DNMR

November 2, 2013 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Mortar with Wooden Pestle, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, circa 1790, cylindrical form with footed base, the body and base embellished heavily-tooled bands. Surface covered in a salt glaze over a visually-appealing light gray ground. Includes original wooden pestle. Few examples by this important, 18th century New England potter ever come to market. One of the earliest intact American stoneware mortars known. Provenance: Previously descended in the Mead family. As-made condition with only in-the-firing flaws. A thin 2" and 1 1/4" vertical separation lines at base, continuing 3/4" and 5/8" on underside. A 3 1/2" in-the-firing separation on underside. Two contact marks to rim. H 6 1/8".




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