Very Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar by Thomas Commeraw, New York

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 2

Price Realized: $5,175.00

($4,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Advertising Oyster Jar, attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century, cylindrical jar with inset rim to allow for a metal canning lid, the front featuring the impressed advertising "DANIEL / JOHNSON. / No 24 / LUMBER STREET / NEW.YORK". Made by African-American potter, Thomas Commeraw, for the African-American oysterman, Daniel Johnson. This particularly fine example features crisp impressed advertising, and is the largest Commeraw oyster jar we are aware of. One of only four examples of this form by Commeraw we have ever offered, and possibly the finest of the group. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased twenty or thirty years ago in the New York State area. Five base chips. Otherwise excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 8 1/8".

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