Exceptional Tennessee Stoneware Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, "C.W.H."

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 155

Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters "C.W.H.," Middle Tennessee origin, fourth quarter 19th century, domed form with footed base, ribbed handle, and applied wide and narrow spouts. Surface decorated with applied clay studs forming a V on the front and reverse. Base with hand-modeled and applied initials, "C.W.H." Bases of spouts, handle terminals, and top of jug decorated with applied faux screwheads. The wide spout of the jug includes its original stoneware lid with pointed finial, the first such lid that we have seen made for an American pottery harvest jug. Surface covered in a brown Albany-slip-type glaze. The distinctive applied work on this jug indicates it was manufactured in Middle Tennessee. An imaginatively-decorated Southern ceramic work with strong folk art appeal. Missing one applied screwhead on top. A chip to one applied stud and minor wear to screwhead on one handle terminal. An in-the-firing fissure to inner edge of handle at each terminal. A long shallow flake to underside at edge, possibly in-the-making. Base chips. Shallow chipping around edge of lid and some wear to tip of finial. H 12 1/2".



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