Exceptional JORDAN Stoneware Jug w/ Elaborate Slip-Trailed Lion's Head Decoration

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 160

Price Realized: $24,150.00

($21,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Important and Possibly Unique One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Lion's Bust Decoration, Stamped "JORDAN", attributed to Justen McBurney, New York State origin, circa 1855-1860, cylindrical jug with tooled shoulder and pronounced spout, decorated with boldly-slip-trailed design of a lion's head with flowing mane, bared teeth, and protruding tongue. A slip-trailed looping flourish underscores the design. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. This outstanding jug ranks as arguably the finest-decorated example of Jordan stoneware known. Signed McBurney family products, bearing the mark "JORDAN", are difficult-to-find in their own right, and are rarely found with figural decoration of any sort. Designs of this quality are virtually unheard of from this site. In addition to its visually-stunning design, the jug features exceptional color and an appealing one-gallon size. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, previously purchased at a Denlinger auction in the late 1980s. Professionally-restored handle. A 1 1/2" chip to bottom edge. H 12 3/4".

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