Rare Small Stoneware Jar w/ Incised Birds, Dated 1821, Northeastern U.S. or possibly Southern

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 87

Price Realized: $960.00

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

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Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Jar with Incised Double Bird Decoration, Dated 1821, Northeastern or possibly Southern U.S., 1821, ovoid jar with heavily-tooled shoulder and flared rim, featuring an incised design of a facing birds perched on scalloped leaves. Reverse decorated with an incised design in the Manhattan style, featuring a looped device above splayed leaves and a round piece of fruit- a motif linked to the work of Manhattan-trained potter, John Morgan, while active in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The work of Tennessee and Ohio potter, John Floyd, also used similar looped incising related to earlier Manhattan works. This jar's thick-walled potting, lack of cobalt, and unusually-late date for its style of incising, all suggest the possibility that this is a piece made in the South by a young, Manhattan-trained or influenced potter. It may, however, also be the work of a Manhattan or other Northeastern potter in an atypical style. Appealing incised decoration, early date, and desirable small size. Spidering cracks on underside, continuing onto midsection of front and back. Minor glaze-over rim chip. H 7 1/4".




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