Rare Stoneware Jar with Two-Sided Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 95

Price Realized: $1,320.00

($1,100 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Two-Gallon Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, probably Crolius Family, circa 1805, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder and open loop handles, decorated on the front and reverse with a large incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a bird on stylized ground. One side depicts the bird looking forward while the other depicts the bird looking backward. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. The bird motif shares attributes with that found on the iconic signed Clarkson Crolius, Sr. incised bird jug in the Weitsman Collection, indicating it is also possibly the work of this highly-important potter. Both handles restored. Rim chips. Some tight cracks and crazing to body of jar. A 7/8" x 1/2" filled and colored hole on exterior, leading to an approximately 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" filled and colored flake on interior midsection. Typical in-the-firing flaws, including salt residue and two small in-the-firing surface flakes. H 12 1/2".

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