Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed "I.R."

March 24, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 277

Price Realized: $2,714.00

($2,300 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Floral Decoration, Inscribed "I.R.", attributed to John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785, ovoid jug with heavily-tooled spout, decorated with incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a daisy with open center, beside the large incised initials "IR". Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. This jug is one of a small number of 18th century Manhattan pieces bearing the incised initials, "I.R.", believed to be the signature of John Remmey II. Remmey's death in 1792 indicates this jug was made during an exceptionally early period, circa 1785. Remmey's son, John Remmey III, is well-known for his makers' mark, "JOHN REMMEY/ MANHATTAN-WELLS / NEW-YORK", which was used during the first two decades of the 19th century. The incised daisy motif on this jug differs markedly in quality and style than most designs found on the work of John Remmey III. An iconic stoneware jug in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan bears the initials "I.C." in a similar manner, believed to be the signature of John Crolius, Sr. (1733-1812). The jug, which features the large presentation inscription, "John Havens", is additionally incised with the early date 1775. It is possible that during this period in Manhattan, prior to the use of maker's stamps, potters signed their work with incised initials. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Excellent condition with a tiny, semi-circular line in spout, small, typical in-the-firing flaws, and some staining. H 16 1/4".


Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed Important John Remmey II, Manhattan, NY, circa 1785 Stoneware Jug, Inscribed

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