Very Rare Southern Stoneware Face Bank, probably Georgia

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 80

Price Realized: $1,092.50

($950 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Southern Stoneware Face Bank with Albany-Slip-Glazed Surface and Cold-Painted Highlights, probably Georgia, late 19th or early 20th century, wheel-thrown bank with hand-modeled and applied facial features, including eyes with incised pupils, nose with nostrils, small ears, broad chin, and open mouth with delicately-carved teeth. Surface covered in an Albany slip glaze, along with additional black and silver cold-painted highlights to the eyes and white paint to the teeth. Face includes good modeling to the cheeks and eye sockets. Carved coin slot in top surface. The glaze and aspects of the construction of this bank suggest a Georgia origin. The figure's well-defined chin, depressed nose, and flattened top, may relate it to pieces produced by the Ferguson family in Barrow County or Gillsville, Banks and Hall Counties, Georgia. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from an early face jug collection amassed during the 1970s. Excellent condition with typical minor nicks to slot and light surface wear. H 3 7/8" ; W 4 1/2".


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