NY Stoneware Jar by Nathan Clark (Athens) or Clark Family (Cornwall), early 19th century

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 339

Price Realized: $510.00

($425 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, attributed to Nathan Clark, Athens or Clark Family, Cornwall, NY, early 19th century, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder and applied lug handles, decorated with a distinctive turnip-shaped design associated with short-lived Poughkeepsie, NY potter, William Nichols. Reverse decorated with a stylized foliate motif in the early Cornwall, NY style of the Clark family. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. According to George Lukacs's book, Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, Nichols apprenticed at the Nathan Clark (formerly Howe & Clark) pottery in Athens, NY as early as 1813, and continued to work at the same site until 1819. He then left for Poughkeepsie. This jar, featuring both Nichols and Clark family attributes, was likely made by Nichols in Athens before he established his Poughkeepsie shop. Rim chips. Minor wear to interior of rim. A 1" in-the-firing base flake. A small, glazed-over base chip. A small post-firing base chip. A short in-the-firing surface crack at base, not visible on interior. Minor wear to handles. A tiny chip to one handle. An in-the-firing iron ping below a short, faint surface line on one side. A 1 3/4" separation line to interior of rim. Some staining. H 9 1/4".

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