Rare and Fine Thomas W. Commeraw Oyster Jar: DANIEL JOHNSON / No. 24 Lumber Street / N. York

Summer 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 172

Price Realized: $3,000.00

($2,500 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "DANIEL / JOHNSON.AND.CO No 24/ LUMBERSTREET / N. YORK," attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, circa 1800, cylindrical jar with recessed mouth, impressed with the large advertising, "DANIEL / JOHNSON.AND.CO. / LUMBERSTREET / N.YORK." Salt-glazed surface. The largest Commeraw oyster jar that we have ever offered, this example dwarfs most others that we have sold. The majority known measure several inches shorter, typically 5 1/8" to 6 1/4". Made by African-American stoneware potter Thomas W. Commeraw for Daniel Johnson, a prominent African-American oysterman of the day. Provenance: Salvaged in Caribbean waters, this jar includes traces of barnacles or other marine growth from its time there. Two scratches to front. Surface wear. A small in-the-firing fissure to rim on front. A few minor rim chips. A 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" flake to underside. Small base chips. H 8 7/8".

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