Exceptional 3 Gal. Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar w/ Watchspring Design, 18th century NYC or NJ

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 54

Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, Manhattan, NY or Cheesequake, NJ origin, third quarter 18th century, ovoid jar with footed base, tooled shoulder, and ribbed vertical handles, decorated on the front and reverse with slip-trailed "watchspring" motifs. The two designs are slightly different, with the one side featuring additional watch springs emanating from the top and bottom of the two larger spirals, and the other side featuring scalloped slip-trailing in their place. Additional watch springs emanate from the lower handle terminals. Cobalt band below rim. Among the finest watchspring-decorated jars that we have offered, exhibiting a fine, classically-inspired form, strong decoration, excellent color, and including both of its original handles. Provenance: A recently-surfaced work from a long-term NJ collection. Lines and crazing throughout much of exterior, which are fainter or non-existent on the interior, much of which appear to be in-the-firing. A few typical in-the-firing flaws to surface. Three base chips, the largest measuring 1 5/8". Some in-the-firing fissures where handles meet body of jar. H 15 1/4".



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