Very Rare Redware Bowl attrib. Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC, c1825-40

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 156

Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Very Rare Glazed Redware Dish with Elaborate Multi-Colored Slip Decoration, attributed to Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC, circa 1825-1840, shallow, flaring dish with semi-squared rim, the interior coated in cream-colored slip and lavishly-decorated with spattered manganese, copper, and orange slips, all under a clear lead glaze. This brilliantly-colored and spontaneously-decorated work exudes a modern aesthetic far ahead of its time. Among the finest examples of North Carolina redware to come to auction in recent years, this object is one example of Loy's genius as a producer of slipware. This potter's decorative vocabulary was diverse, including slip-trailed geometric and floral motifs as well as thickly-brushed slip spotting. Pieces bearing this multi-colored spattered treatment are among the rarest and, arguably, most striking examples of Loy's artistic expression. A total of four different colors of slip were involved in this bowl's creation. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired by the consignor in the early 1980s in Alamance County. Very nice condition for slipware from this region, with a 3 1/4" crack from rim and some glaze flakes. Diam. 11 1/4" ; H 2 1/8".



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