Very Rare New England Redware Jar w/ Yellow Slip Decoration, possibly Capt. John Norton, Bennington, VT, c1800

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 38

Price Realized: $600.00

($500 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Glazed Redware Jar with Bold Yellow Slip Foliate Decoration, New England origin, possibly Captain John Norton Pottery, Bennington, VT, late 18th or early 19th century, ovoid jar with footed base and rounded rim, decorated around with four boldly-brushed foliate designs in yellow slip, applied over a mottled reddish clay ground with overlying clear lead glaze. Excellent form and wonderful decoration. The maker or state of origin for this lot is currently unknown. However, an important redware jug with similar yellow-slip foliate designs carries a compelling family provenance that it was made by potter, Abel Wadsworth, at the Captain John Norton pottery and gifted to a young girl named Omindia (Armstrong) Gerry. A near mate to that jug, to be offered in this auction and firmly attributed to Wadsworth at Norton's shop, features similar grooving to the foot as seen on this jar. Excellent overall condition with some shallow chipping to base, some light exfoliation to surface near base, and typical light wear to interior of rim. Decoration remains in remarkable, essentially untouched condition. H 9 1/2".

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