Extremely Rare W-A-LEWIS / GALESVILLE-N-Y Figural-Decorated Stoneware Jug

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 47

Price Realized: $4,500.00

($3,750 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Figural Decoration, Stamped "W-A-LEWIS / GALESVILLE-N-Y," circa 1857-1860, cylindrical jug with semi-rounded spout, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a standing man blown by a gust of wind, with raised arm holding a cane, flying hat, and swept coattails. Striped details to pants and jacket. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Figural designs other than birds are highly unusual for this short-lived New York State maker and this work features the first design of a person from this pottery that we have offered. A sense of action or immediacy is conveyed as the man attempts to maintain his footing against the forces of nature. Provenance: A recently-surfaced work, which descended in the family of the consignor. Crazing to handle and faint crazing directly below base of handle. Fainter crazing to shoulder area on front and reverse. A minor, glazed-over base chip. H 13 1/2".

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