Outstanding Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Jug and Whiskey Barrel, probably Kentucky

Spring 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 4

Price Realized: $720.00

($600 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Spring 2020 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Liquor Jug with Incised Decoration of a Jug Atop a Keg, Ohio River Valley origin, probably Kentucky, second quarter 19th century, ovoid jug with distinctive shallow spout and ribbed handle, decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a jug seated atop an iron-banded keg with tap. Handle decorated with heavy foliate brushwork resembling a star, along with brushed highlights to the terminals. Impressed "2" below handle. A wonderfully-decorated example, which visually illustrates the jug's use. The highly unusual design on this jug may be emblematic of Kentucky's rich history in the production of bourbon. Section of handle reglued. Two 1" chips to side / reverse of spout, and a minor 3/8" chip to front of spout. Crazing throughout much of body, presumably in-the-firing. A salt drip to shoulder. A 1" flake to right side of jug. A short, in-the-firing line at base, which is partially glazed over. H 13 1/4".

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