Exceptional Utica, NY 1/4 Gal. Incised Stoneware Jug Marked "S. P. D.," c1827-32

Spring 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 55

Price Realized: $9,600.00

($8,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Small-Sized Stoneware Presentation Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Impressed Four Times "S.P.D.," Utica, NY origin, probably George Brayton, Aaron Kellogg, and/or Sylvester Doolittle, circa 1827-1832, ovoid jug with semi-rounded spout, decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted design of two crested birds perched on a leafy branch bearing clusters of berries. The left bird is depicted with turned head, in a feeding stance. The impressed and cobalt-highlighted initials, "S.P.D.," appear four times around the decoration. The base of the handle is embellished with incised and cobalt-highlighted scalloping. A brushed cobalt daub accents the upper handle terminal. The elaborate style of the incising as well as the color and form of the jug indicate this jug was made in Utica, New York, probably at the pottery of partners George Brayton, Aaron Kellogg, and Sylvester Doolittle. The initials, "S.P.D," may indicate this jug was made as a special piece for a member of the Doolittle family. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with a minor, glazed-over chip to base. H 8 1/4".

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