Very Rare 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, att. Branch Green, Philadelphia or Old Bridge, NJ

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 228

Price Realized: $2,160.00

($1,800 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, attributed to Branch Green, Philadelphia, PA or Old Bridge, NJ, early 19th century, ovoid jug with footed base and tooled spout, decorated with a folky incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a bird perched on a stylized leaf or mound. The distinctive shape (and tooling) of the spout along with other attributes establish this as the first example of Branch Green's work we have seen bearing an incised bird decoration. Probably made during his long time in Philadelphia, which began circa 1808 (and ended about 1826), it may, however, have been made slightly earlier, during his time in Old Bridge, NJ, in the firm of James Morgan & Co. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Provenance: Recently surfaced in NJ. A spider crack extending onto base from underside, with one branch of spider crack extending 7" up front of jug. A thin horizontal crack through handle. Mottling to surface. H 16 1/2".




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