Rare MYERS & BOKEE (Baltimore) Stoneware Jar, circa 1835

March 25, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 3

Price Realized: $590.00

($500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Clover Decoration, Stamped "MYERS & BOKEE", Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1835, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, semi-squared rim, and applied tab handles, decorated on the front and reverse with two brushed clovers emanating from heavily-leafed stem. Heavy cobalt highlights to handle terminals and tops of handles, along with a curving line of cobalt underneath each handle. Shoulder impressed with the mark, "MYERS & BOKEE", which was used at the Baltimore, MD pottery of merchants, Henry Myers and John C. Bokee, and which succeeded the stamp, "H. MYERS." Few pieces of signed Myers & Bokee stoneware are known. This jar is one of the finest-decorated examples that we have seen, as most feature simpler swag or foliate motifs. Professional restoration to a hole in underside. A tight 7 1/2" spider crack extending from base on far right side of jar's front. An approximately 4 1/2" tight spider crack from rim on front. A 3" crack from rim on side of jar, extending through handle. Two groups of tight spider lines to surface on reverse, not visible on interior. An in-the-firing contact mark to shoulder on reverse.

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