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".


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

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