Extremely Rare Manhattan Stoneware Bank w/ Incised Drape and Floral Decoration

November 3, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 95

Price Realized: $2,006.00

($1,700 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Exceedingly Rare Stoneware Bank with Incised Foliate and Drape Motifs, Manhattan, NY origin, probably Crolius Family, early 19th century, ovoid bank with pointed finial, decorated on one side with an incised and cobalt-highlighted foliate design in the manner of the Crolius family of Manhattan, NY, and on the opposite side with incised and cobalt-highlighted drape-and-tassel motifs flanking a carved vertical coin slot. Heavy cobalt highlight to finial. The vertically-oriented drape-and-tassel decoration around the slot is a well-known Manhattan motif popularized in an impressed format by Corlears Hook potter, Thomas Commeraw. Other variants of this motif, most commonly found on Crolius family ware, can be found brushed or slip-trailed around a pot's shoulder or under its handles. This bank is the only Manhattan example of the form we are aware of, and one of the earliest American stoneware banks known. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor in the 1990s; Ex-Sotheby's, New York. The exact Sotheby's sale this bank was offered in is currently unknown; however, a Sotheby's lot sticker on the underside indicates it was lot 227 in its sale. An area of smooth, shallow chipping to base, probably in-the-firing. An in-the-firing contact mark to front and reverse. H 4 1/2".

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