Extremely Rare 7 Gal. "Chandler / Maker" (Edgefield, SC) Stoneware Jar w/ Two-Color Slip

Spring 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 14

Price Realized: $20,400.00

($17,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Seven-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip Decoration, Stamped "CHANDLER MAKER," Thomas Chandler, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1845-1850, large-sized, ovoid jar with upswept lug handles and thin, semi-rounded rim, the surface dipped in an olive-green alkaline glaze and decorated in brushed iron-oxide and slip-trailed kaolin slips with a drape-and-tassel motif extending entirely around the shoulder. Impressed below the rim with the maker's mark, "CHANDLER / MAKER." The two-color slip decoration on this jar is more commonly found on earlier works by Chandler, made during his tenure at Phoenix Factory on Shaw's Creek and rarely seen by the time he began impressing ware with a "CHANDLER MAKER" stamp. Typically, pieces bearing a "CHANDLER MAKER" stamp are found bearing either kaolin or iron slip decoration, but not both. This jar may be among the earliest pieces made by Chandler after the inception of his iconic maker's mark. His ability as both a potter and decorator are evident in the entire design of the object: its size, form, and neoclassical slipwork. Literature: Illustrated in Burrison, Brothers in Clay, Color Plate 2. A shallow 1 3/4" flake to rim on reverse with a thin 4" crack extending from it. A thin, shallow 1 3/4" flake to rim on reverse with a 1 3/4" hairline extending from it. A faint, approximately 7" Y-shaped line to body on reverse. A flake on underside with a 3/4" hole at the center of it, including a thin 4 1/4" crack extending from the flake on underside and continuing as a 6" hairline up base of jar on front. H 18 1/2".

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