Very Rare Stoneware Jar w/ Fine Incised Bird att. William Capton, Albany, NY

March 25, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 232

Price Realized: $1,652.00

($1,400 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Bird and Floral Decoration, attributed to William Capron, Albany, NY, early 19th century, ovoid jar footed base, heavily-tooled shoulder, and applied lug handles, decorated on the front with a large incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a bird perched on a stylized leaf. Reverse with incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a fan-shaped flower with hollow center, modeled after Manhattan, NY designs of the period. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. A relatively small number of jars and jugs bearing this example's bird motif have been attributed to the William Capron shop of Albany, NY. Many of his attributed works feature a distinctive incised daisy motif. While we have seen other Capron jars featuring a bird on one side and an incised daisy design on the reverse, this jar is the first we have seen featuring this particular style of flower based on the works of Manhattan, NY potters. Literature: For a jar with nearly identical bird motif, see Paul Cushman: The Work and World of an Early 19th Century Albany Potter, pp. 79 and 85. Broken and reglued. Rim chips. A 1" in-the-firing chip to one handle. Small base chips, some of which occurred in the firing.


Very Rare Stoneware Jar w/ Fine Incised Bird att. William Capton, Albany, NYVery Rare Stoneware Jar w/ Fine Incised Bird att. William Capton, Albany, NY

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