Rare 1 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Watchspring Design, 18th century, Manhattan or Cheesequake, NJ

March 1, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 6

Price Realized: $1,265.00

($1,100 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, Manhattan, NY or Cheesequake, NJ origin, fourth quarter 18th century, ovoid jug with footed base, heavily-tooled spout, and ribbed handle, decorated with a slip-trailed cobalt "watchspring" design with additional scalloped foliate accents. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Pieces bearing this design are most often associated with Cheesequake, NJ stoneware manufacturer Capt. James Morgan based on excavations conducted in the first half of the 20th century, but late 20th century excavations in lower Manhattan reveal this as a prominent decorative motif of eighteenth century Manhattan stoneware potters. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Texas. Three small base chips. A small spout chips. Area of crazing on right side of jug, emanating from an in-the-firing stone ping, typical of pieces from this period. H 11 1/4".

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