Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865

Summer 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 16

Price Realized: $3,900.00

($3,250 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Signed "J," Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, circa 1865, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, flattened lug handles, and semi-rounded rim, the surface covered in a mottled brown alkaline glaze. Signed by the African-American potter, Lucius Jordan, with the incised-script initial, "J," for Jordan below the rim. This jar includes Jordan's large fingerprints, revealing that the jar was dipped in its glaze after being held by the side of the rim. Four of Jordan's finger prints are visible on the interior of the rim and his thumbprint is visible below one handle. Excellent condition with a faint 3" line from rim on reverse, possibly in-the-firing, and some grease staining to base. Glaze ranges from matte to semi-glossy. H 15 3/4".



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