Important Miniature Ovoid Stoneware Jar Inscribed "Joseph Morgan"

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 238

Price Realized: $2,300.00

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

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Very Rare Miniature Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Inscribed "Joseph Morgan", New York State or New Jersey origin, early 19th century, diminutive, ovoid jar with heavily-tooled shoulder, tall collar, and applied lug handles, featuring the incised and cobalt-highlighted name, "JOSEPH MORGAN", flanked by circular cobalt brushwork. Additionally decorated with cobalt highlights to the handles, the top of the rim, and base. Miniature stoneware pieces from this early time period are exceptionally rare. While the identity of Joseph Morgan could not be determined, he was possibly a relative of, or potter within, the Morgan families of New Jersey or Manhattan, NY. The inscribed name on this example includes an appealing backwards "S" as well as an angled crossbar to the "A", typical of penmanship from this era. Excellent condition with a shallow 5/8" base chip. H 5 3/4".

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