Rare Miniature Ohio Stoneware Jar, possibly Asa E. Spencer, Portage County

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 115

Price Realized: $1,560.00

($1,300 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Miniature Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Ohio origin, possibly Asa E. Spencer, Portage County, Ohio, circa 1850, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a folky brushed design of a flowering plant between a freehand number 6 (typically denoting six gallons) and a stylized design of a squared embellished with spots. Brushed stripe below rim. Cobalt highlights to front handle terminals. Albany-slip-glazed interior. The decoration and clay body of this example are similar to pieces bearing the mark "A.E. SPENCER" and made by Asa E. Spencer of Portage County, Ohio. The jar's inscribed "6" suggests it was made as a salesman's sample of a standard six-gallon jar. A darkened 3/4" rim chip. A thin 2 1/4" crack from rim on reverse. H 4 1/8".

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