Rare Diminutive Iron-Decorated Stoneware Apprentice's Jar, att. Warne & Letts, South Amboy, NJ

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 37

Estimate: $400-$600.  A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $375. 
(With 20% buyer's premium: $450.)

Rare Diminutive Iron-Decorated Stoneware Apprentice's Jar, attributed to the Warne & Letts Pottery, South Amboy, NJ, early 19th century, ovoid jar with footed base and tooled shoulder, decorated around the body with dentile coggling. One side decorated at the midsection with a large brushed iron-slip oval. The color of the clay and slip, form, and use of coggling, indicate this jar was likely made at the pottery of Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts in South Amboy, New Jersey. The jar's off-centered, misshapen rim and crude potting to the interior base indicate this piece was thrown by an unskilled potter, likely an apprentice still learning his trade. Exceptional size. Provenance: From a recently-surfaced collection. A 2 1/2" inverted Y-shaped crack on left side of jar. A small, in-the-firing chip to top of rim. H 4 1/4".

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