3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Floral Decoration, James River, Virginia, origin

October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 381

Price Realized: $690.00

($600 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Stephen B. Sweeney, Henrico County, VA, circa 1838-1863, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, ribbed lug handles, and pronounced, squared rim, decorated with a series of brushed tulip blossoms on the front and reverse. Shoulder impressed with a three-gallon capacity mark. This jar, while featuring a distinctive rim molding characteristic of Sweeney's work, is unusual in its narrow form. Its three-gallon stamp belongs to, or is closely-related to, the series of capacity marks employed at his shop. The jar's highly unusual floral motif is previously-undocumented in the work of James River Valley potters, suggesting it was executed by a potter with a short-lived tenure at Sweeney's shop. Shallow chipping throughout rim. Otherwise excellent condition.

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