Very Rare Whites Binghamton Folk Art Face Jug

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 283

Price Realized: $1,003.00

($850 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Face Jug, Stamped "WHITES BINGHAMTON", NY State origin, circa 1870, cylindrical jug with semi-squared spout, decorated with a boldly-brushed design of a face with large eyes, broad nose, and off-centered mouth. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. This eye-catching jug is ahead of its time, featuring an abstract face design reminiscent of modern art. While the vast majority of cobalt-face-decorated pieces depict a smaller outlined face or bust, in either a front or profile view, the decoration on this jug scales to the capacity of the jug, making the jug itself form the figure's head. While lacking any applied features, it is, in essence, a cobalt-decorated face vessel. An avant-garde work by one of New York State's foremost potting families. A long area of professional restoration along base and bottom edge, possibly covering chips. Restoration does not touch cobalt. Otherwise excellent condition. H 15 1/2".

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