Extremely Rare "Lemuel Rowell / 1835" Redware Jar, Galesville, New York

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 84

Price Realized: $2,160.00

($1,800 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Jar, Inscribed "Lemuel Rowell potter / 1835," Galesville, NY, 1835, ovoid jar with footed base and semi-rounded rim, decorated with the yellow-slip inscription, "Lemuel Rowell potter / 1835," on the front and a wavy, yellow-slip foliate device on the reverse. Lead-glazed surface with appealing orange spotting against a mottled ground. A manufacturer of both redware and stoneware, Rowell is documented in Ketchum's Potters and Potteries of New York State as operating a pottery in Galesville, NY. Until the discovery of this jar, no signed examples of his work were known. Ownership of his pottery was succeeded by the more-well-known stoneware producers, Otto V. and W.A. Lewis. As relatively few signed examples of redware from this state have survived, this jar ranks among the most important examples of New York redware to come to auction in years. Very nice condition with small losses to slip, a small rim chip, and expected light wear to interior of rim. H 7 3/4".

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