Rare "BOSTON / 1804" Stoneware Jar

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 15

Price Realized: $2,300.00

($2,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Impressed and Cobalt-Highlighted Drape Decoration and Iron-Dipped Base, Stamped "BOSTON / 1804," Frederick Carpenter, 1804, finely-potted, ovoid jar with footed base, tooled shoulder, and open loop handles, decorated on the front with impressed and cobalt-highlighted inscription "BOSTON. / 1804.", above a Federal drape-and-tassel design. Reverse additionally impressed with a cobalt-highlighted drape-and-tassel motif below a three-gallon capacity mark. Additional three-gallon capacity mark stamped on top of rim. Dipped iron oxide decoration at base. A stately example of early Massachusetts stoneware. A 1 1/4" chip on underside, continuing onto foot. Scattered flake off underside. Reverse with long spider crack, including a thin sliver of clay out of surface. A thin 2 1/4" crack from rim on reverse. Rim chips. Two faint, short lines at base, possibly in-the-firing. Some staining. A few in-the-firing flaws to surface, typical of stoneware from this time period. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found in the Northeastern U.S.

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