Exceedingly Rare "John Adams" Slip-Decorated Redware Platter, Norwalk, Connecticut

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 33

Price Realized: $18,000.00

($15,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Loaf Dish with Copper Slip Inscription, "John Adams," attributed to the Absalom Day or Asa E. Smith Pottery, Norwalk, CT origin, circa 1796-1826, with coggled edge, the interior decorated in copper slip with the inscription, "John / Adams," interspersed with wavy lines. This object was made to commemorate founding father and second President of the United States, John Adams (1735-1826), possibly as early as his inauguration as president in 1797 or as late as his death in 1826. Stylistically, this dish is different than the majority of Norwalk inscribed slipware known, which may have been produced decades later. The use of copper slip is associated with early pieces made by Absalom Day during the late 18th or very early 19th century. Norwalk slipware made circa 1825-1855, after control of the pottery was transferred to Day's nephew, Asa E. Smith, is only known with yellow slip. The beautiful green slip, extremely rare full Presidential name, and remarkable condition of this work rank it among the greatest pieces of name-decorated slipware in existence. Excellent condition with two edge chips, some minor edge nicks, and a small in-the-firing ping to interior. Glazed interior of dish survives in phenomenal condition, lacking any surface flakes from use. L 14 3/4".

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