Rare Early Small-Sized "I M" / "J M" Jug, possibly Morgan Family Potteries, NJ

March 24, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 290

Price Realized: $649.00

($550 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare Miniature Stoneware Jug, Incised "I x M", Northeastern U.S. origin, possibly James Morgan Pottery, Cheesequake, NJ, fourth quarter 18th century, diminutive ovoid jug with footed base and heavily-tooled spout, the front incised with the large cobalt-accented initials, "I x M". These initials may refer to a member of the family of pottery owner, Captain James Morgan of Cheesequake, NJ, possibly Morgan himself as the initial "I" often represented a "J" during the time period. Furthermore, the style of "I" with crossed center appears on a small number of very early American stoneware objects, including the important Elizabeth States teapot and an early incised jar sold in our March 2012 auction. While the jug lacks cobalt watch spring or other decoration verifying a Morgan attribution, the spout construction is notably consistent with his pottery's work. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the Midwestern U.S. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with a very minor, in-the-firing chip to spout, which is glazed over. H 4".

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