Fine Stoneware Jar with Incised Markings, attrib. Dave at Lewis Miles' Stoney Bluff Manufactory

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 57

Price Realized: $3,120.00

($2,600 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Fine Two-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Incised Markings, attributed to Dave at Lewis Miles' Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1860, squat-shaped jar with deeply-tooled shoulder, coved rim, and arching tab handles, the surface covered in a streaky, olive-green alkaline glaze. Shoulder incised with two punctates (denoting two gallons), an X, and slash mark. The form, tooling, and incised markings on this jar are all consistent with the work of the enslaved potter, Dave, during his final years at Lewis Miles' Stony Bluff Manufactory. The state of preservation of this jar is noteworthy, as Dave's work is commonly found in mildly to significantly damaged condition. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with some minor surface wear and a few very minor in-the-firing flaws as follows: a 3" in-the-firing fissure to underside, not visible on interior; a 1 1/8" U-shaped in-the-firing surface line to interior of rim, not visible on exterior; a faint 1" vertical surface line to exterior of rim, not visible on interior. H 10".

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