Extremely Rare Squat-Shaped COMMERAW'S STONEWARE Jar (African-American Potter, Thomas W. Commeraw)

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 66

Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $2,300. 


Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Squat-Formed Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decoration, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE / N. YORK," Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, circa 1805, bowl-shaped, ovoid jar with pronounced foot, tooled shoulder, flared collar, and open loop handles; decorated on the front and reverse with five impressed and cobalt-highlighted drape-and-tassel motifs. Front impressed with the cobalt-highlighted maker's mark, COMMERAWS." Reverse impressed with the cobalt-highlighted words, "STONEWARE / N. YORK." Brushed cobalt highlights to handle terminals. The only Commeraw jar that we have seen potted in this exceptional form. Possibly made for use on a ship or buggy in a shape that would keep it from tipping. Other possibilities include a punch bowl or use in the storage or dispensation of a specific type of food or liquid. Flaking on exterior and heavy flaking on interior. Base chips. Two small rim chips and two minor rim nicks. A thin 4 1/2" crack to underside, forming a 2" Y at base. A small in-the-firing surface chip to shoulder. H 9" ; Diam. 10 1/4".



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