Very Rare Old Bridge, NJ Stoneware Jug w/ Impressed Design, att. Morgan and Van Wickle

July 21, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 347

Price Realized: $590.00

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

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Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Floral Decoration, attributed to Morgan and Van Wickle, Old Bridge, NJ, early 19th century, ovoid jug with footed base and heavily-tooled spout, decorated with an impressed and cobalt-highlighted medallion depicting a flower with alternating round and pointed petals, surrounded by a stylized rope border. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. The form of this jug reveals it to be an apparent product of Branch Green, who produced countless similar vessels in Philadelphia beginning about 1809. He did so after leaving the employ of Morgan and Van Wickle in Old Bridge, for whom he had been the primary potter. At least one shard excavated in Old Bridge bears a very similar stamped motif to that seen on this jug; more importantly, a highly related jug pictured in New Jersey Pottery to 1840 is dated 1807, placing it during Green's tenure in Old Bridge. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Two spout chips. Two base chips. Otherwise as-made condition with in-the-firing flaws, including salt residue to shoulder area, some discolored streaks to side of jug, and a small recessed spot to reverse of jug.

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