Rare Southern Stoneware Face Jug, Alabama or Georgia origin, late 19th / early 20th century

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 200

Price Realized: $2,520.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Southern Stoneware Face Jug, AL or GA origin, late 19th or early 20th century, cylindrical jug with tall spout and thin strap handle, featuring an applied clay face with flattened and pierced eyes placed within large lids, well-formed nose with carved nostrils and philtrum below, and mouth with broken china plate teeth. Surface covered in an Albany slip type glaze with grayish runs to the right side, indicating the glaze composition may include some alkaline elements. Apparent salt drips to the far edge of one eye also indicate the jug was fired in a kiln that had been used for producing salt-glazed stoneware. Appealing ash spotting accents the face and upper body of jug. Made well before the frequent production of this form in the American South, this work features a desirable, somewhat large, size. Possibly by a member of the Brown family active in Alabama. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 9".

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