Extremely Rare and Important John Quincy Adams Stoneware Jar, W. GAY, Utica, NY, circa 1829

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 90

Estimate: $7,000-$10,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Rim and Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised "J.Q. Adams / Wm. A. Gay," Stamped "W * GAY / UTICA," NY State origin, circa 1829, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and outstanding scallop-carved rim, the front decorated with a brushed leaning floral motif surrounded by numerous dashes of cobalt. Incised above with the cobalt-highlighted inscription, "J.Q. Adams / Wm. A. Gay." Impressed on the rim with the maker's stamp, "W*GAY / UTICA," lacking the "W" due to the shape of the rim. This jar was made to commemorate the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), who served from 1825 to 1829. Son of founding father, John Adams, he began his political career as a Federalist, but won the presidency as a Democratic-Republican and was later affiliated with the Whig Party. In the Election of 1824 against Andrew Jackson, Adams was successful throughout most of the Northeastern U.S., including New York, where this jar was made. Relatively few examples of American stoneware with president's names have survived, this example produced relatively early in the country's history. Excellent condition with a 1 1/2" vertical line at base, a tiny nick to interior of rim, and minor wear to interior of rim. H 9".



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