Extremely Rare Norwalk, Connecticut Redware Plate w/ Elaborate Ten Commandments Inscription

Spring 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 8

Price Realized: $7,800.00

($6,500 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Redware Charger with Ten Commandments Inscription, attributed to the Smith Pottery, Norwalk, CT, circa 1825-1850, with coggled edge, the lead-glazed interior featuring the yellow-slip inscription, "thou / shalt not / take the name / of the Lord thy / god in / vain." This plate's inscription is based on God's Third Commandment to Man as written in Exodus 20:7. This work, along with a loaf dish with Beatitudes inscription (lot 27 in Crocker Farm's July 19, 2014 auction), rank among the most heavily-inscribed examples of Norwalk slipware known. The dish's abundant use of slip penmanship is complemented by its large proportions. Provenance: From a recently-surfaced CA collection. A number of small flakes to slip. Light surface wear to interior. A 1 1/2" rim chip. A 1" rim flake. Other minor rim chips. Diam. 14".

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