Extremely Rare and Important Morgan Pottery, Cheesequake, NJ, 18th Century Stoneware Jar

July 20, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 78

Estimate: $8,000-$12,000  A Note About Estimates

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Watch Spring and Incised Floral Motifs, attributed to the Captain James Morgan Pottery, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1775, ovoid jar with footed base, open loop handles, and tooling to shoulder and rim, decorated on the front and reverse with an incised and cobalt-highlighted floral motif. This distinctive design features a central bulb bearing a fanned blossom with scalloped petals and a series of curved leaves. The blossom joins the bulb through a delicately-incised looping stem. The jar is lavishly-decorated under the handle with large cobalt "watch spring" motifs underscored by a draped device. Additional draped decoration extends from the cobalt-highlighted handle terminals. This jar is considered one of the finest examples of intact stoneware made at the Captain James Morgan Pottery, among America's most important 18th century ceramic manufactories. It distinguishes itself as one of a very few surviving works from this site featuring incised decoration. Excellent condition for a piece of this age and origin with some in-the-firing flakes around one handle terminal, two small rim chips, and minor wear to interior of rim. H 11 1/4".


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