Extremely Rare MADE BY XERXES PRICE AT S. AMBOY NJ Stoneware Jar

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 355

Price Realized: $2,415.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Large-Sized Stoneware Preserve Jar with Coggled Column Decoration, Stamped "MADE BY / XERXES PRICE / AT S AMBOY", Sayreville, NJ origin, circa 1805, cylindrical jar with footed base, tapered shoulder, and narrow mouth with inner rim to hold a lid. Shoulder decorated with a coggled column design around shoulder, above the large coggled signature "MADE BY / XERXES PRICE / AT S AMBOY". The form of this example indicates it was likely designed to hold fruit or possibly oysters. While Xerxes Price is one of the most well-known and revered of all early New Jersey potters, very few signed examples of his work are known. A large body of stoneware pieces, decorated with impressed circular seals depicting a variety of designs, are credited to his hand. Each new signed example of his work that surfaces adds key understanding to the style of ware he produced, allowing for future attribution of his unmarked pieces. Heavy to chipping to rim. Large, semi-circular in-the-firing separation on underside. Base chips. Some shallow flakes to surface on front. H 10 1/4".

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