Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Face Jug, attributed to Brown Pottery, Arden, NC, c1930

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 3

Price Realized: $2,596.00

($2,200 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Small-Sized Stoneware Face Jug, attributed to Brown Pottery, Arden, NC, circa 1930, semi-ovoid jug with tall spout and ribbed strap handle, decorated with an applied clay face, including pierced eyes, elliptical eyelids, eyebrow, a pointed nose with pierced nostrils, small ears, and an open mouth with applied china tooth. Eyebrows and eyelids include dotted incised accents. Surface covered in a chocolate-brown Albany slip glaze. This work is noteworthy in its diminutive size, being the smallest face jug by the Brown family that we have ever offered. While most examples stand six to eight inches in height, this jug measures just 4 7/8" tall. Outside of the Browns' devil forms, we consider it the finest example from the family's Arden operation that we have offered for sale. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which recently surfaced in the Northeastern U.S. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with an in-the-firing contact mark to right side of jug. H 4 7/8".

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