Rare Brown-Decorated Stoneware Jug by Warne & Letts (South Amboy) or Thomas Commeraw (Manhattan)

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 94

Price Realized: $1,020.00

($850 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Three-Gallon Brown-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Triple "Clamshell" Design, Warne & Letts, South Amboy, NJ or Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century, ovoid jug with rounded foot, elaborately-tooled spout, and heavily-ribbed handle, decorated with an impressed triple "clamshell" design flanked by additional impressed crescents and interspersed with impressed tassels. Impressed decoration and handle terminals are highlighted in a greenish-brown slip. While the exact stamps used to produce the design on this jug are definitely a match for those used for many years by Thomas Commeraw, the brown decoration and other attributes are also consistent with the work of Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts in South Amboy. While their pottery is usually easily distinguishable from Commeraw's, shard evidence has shown that at times they stamped their vessels with a decoration that is identical to Commeraw's, making an exact attribution difficult in this case. Numerous spidering cracks extending upward from base and underside. Contact mark on shoulder. Several base chips. H 15 1/2".

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