Scarce BOSTON Stoneware Jar with Impressed Fish Motif, late 18th century

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 137

Price Realized: $1,150.00

($1,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Fish Motif, Stamped "BOSTON", Jonathan Fenton, Boston, MA, late 18th century, highly-ovoid jar with footed base, open loop handles, and heavy tooling to rim and shoulder, decorated on the front and reverse with a lightly-impressed and cobalt-highlighted design of a fish. Brushed cobalt highlights to "BOSTON" mark and handle terminals. The smaller, thinner-bodied fish on this jar is a much rarer variant of Fenton's iconic impressed fish motif. To date, we have only offered one other piece bearing this smaller fish. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. A 1 1/4" hole in front, adjacent to an in-the-firing contact mark, with two lines emanating from it, one of which forms a large Y at base on front. A smooth, shallow 1 3/8" flake to underside at edge of jar, probably in-the-firing. Two other base chips. Other small, typical in-the-firing contact marks to surface. A smooth 1 7/8" flake to top of rim, possibly in-the-firing. H 12 3/4".

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