Unusual Brown and White People Crock Inscribed "Mrs. Dom Tassle"

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 52

Price Realized: $236.00

($200 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Incised Folk Art Figural Decoration, Inscribed Twice "Mrs. Dom Tassle", American, circa 1900-1920, cylindrical crock with the semi-rounded rim and applied lug handles, the surface covered in a brown-and-white slip glaze and marked with a cobalt "3" to front. Prior to firing, the crock was turned upside-down and decorated on the reverse with an incised design of a smiling human figure with buttoned shirt and spiked hair. Incised on each side of the figure with the name, "Mrs. Dom Tassle". Two interpretations can be made of this crock. The figure may represent "Mrs. Dom Tassle" in a cartoon-like fashion, or the crock made have been made for Mrs. Tassle. Individuals with names along the lines of Dominick Tassill / Tascel / etc. appear in census records of this time period, but none with this exact spelling, and none that help us flesh out with certainty who Mrs. Dom Tassle was. An intriguing example of late-period American stoneware. Excellent, essentially as-made condition.

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