Very Rare Van Schoick & Dunn, Matawan, NJ Stoneware Match Safe, 1877

October 28, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 197

Price Realized: $3,186.00

($2,700 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Wall-Mounted Stoneware Match Safe, Inscribed "W.A. Rodgers / 1877", attributed to William A. Rodgers at the Van Schoick and Dunn Stoneware Manufactory, Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1877, slab-built match safe with hinged lid and finely-carved border pierced for hanging, the form edged in cobalt slip and incised on the reverse in script "W.A. Rodgers / 1877". William A. Rogers appears in the 1880 census as a 23-year-old in Matawan, NJ who "Works in [a] Pottery" on the page immediately preceding Josiah Van Schoick, who along with Ezra Dunn owned the well-known pottery that bore their names. (See also The Early Makers of Handcrafted Earthenware and Stoneware in Central and Southern New Jersey, by M. Lelyn Branin, pg. 218.) Based on his age in the census, it is possible that this example was made by Rogers as the culmination of his apprenticeship--made as he was set to exit his training at the standard age of 21. This work is the first example of its form in salt-glazed stoneware we have ever offered. Excellent condition with some very minor chipping. H 5 1/2" ; W 3 1/2".

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