Fine Stoneware Face Jug, probably Guy Daugherty, Bethune, SC

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 2

Price Realized: $2,242.00

($1,900 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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October 26, 2019 Auction Catalog

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Fine Southern Stoneware Face Jug, attributed to Guy Daugherty, Bethune, SC, circa 1950, squat-shaped jug with narrow spout and upswept, pulled handle, decorated with a hand-modeled and applied clay face. Facial features include oval eyes and circular lids set within recessed sockets, an underdeveloped nose with incised nostrils, an open mouth with numerous, delicately-placed china teeth, an upswept mustache with incised details, a flattened chin C-scroll ears. Eyebrows and stylized sideburns are additionally incised on the figure's face. The surface appears to have a very light salt glaze to shoulder area and the interior is coated in a brownish Albany-type slip. Aspects of the form of the jug and construction of the face, namely the eyes, indicate this work was likely made by Bethune, SC potter, Guy Daugherty. This work is among the finest attributed to Daugherty that we have seen, being significantly larger than those he typically produced, and featuring a highly-unusual applied mustache, finer modeling to the face, and a well-developed, heavily-toothed mouth. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor approximately thirty years ago. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H (to top of handle) 6 1/4".

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