Outstanding and Rare Manhattan Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Bird Decoration, possibly Crolius family

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 41

Estimate: $3,000-$4,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $7,500. 
(With 20% buyer's premium: $9,000.)


Outstanding and Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, possibly Crolius Family, early 19th century, ovoid jug with heavily-tooled spout, decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a ring-necked bird perched on a stylized branch. Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. The form of the jug indicates a Manhattan, NY origin, as does the overall style of the bird, which is related to several other songbird and pheasant motifs most likely made by the Crolius family of Manhattan, NY. While the Manhattan origin of this jug is undeniable, the artist of its incised design indicates a different, arguably folkier, hand than all other Crolius-type birds we have seen, as shown in the shorter tail, highly-unusual, cross-hatched wing, differently-styled feet and branch, and long bill. Bird designs from Manhattan are relatively rare. This example survives in exemplary condition with a design that measures an impressive 7" long from bill to tail. Includes old wooden stopper. Excellent condition with a few base chips and some light staining. H 14 1/2".



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