Exceptional Large-Sized Stoneware Face Jug, Alabama origin, late 19th or early 20th century

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 199

Price Realized: $33,600.00

($28,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Large-Sized Stoneware Face Jug, AL origin, late 19th or early 20th century, wheel-thrown jug in the form of a man's torso with handle on reverse and spout emanating from the figure's head. Face includes applied china-sherd eyes set within pinched clay eyelids, nose with modeled nostrils, scrolled ears, open mouth with china teeth, and elongated chin with dimple. Figure is depicted wearing a well-formed jacket, including an upturned collar with outwardly-curled lapels. The front of the jacket is fashioned from a rectangular slab of clay applied to the figure's chest, folded outward to produce notched lapels, and flanking a shirt with applied china-sherd buttons. Surface covered in a striking salt-over-Albany-slip glaze in varying shades of brown and yellow-green, the greener areas indicating contact with salt vapors during the firing. Glaze application covering the china eyes creates the effect of the figure having pupils. Among the most outstanding examples of Alabama stoneware ever to come to auction, this figural masterwork features prodigious size, gorgeous glaze, prolific use of applied china pieces, and wonderful modeling to the figure's clothing. While condition is frequently an issue with face vessels, this example survives in near-flawless condition and appears essentially unused. Provenance: Recently surfaced in the Northwestern United States. Excellent condition with a glazed-over loss to spout, created prior to the jug being dipped in Albany slip, minor chips to jacket collar, and a minuscule nick to edge of nose. H 12 1/2" ; Diam. 7".

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