Exceptional Multi-Glazed Redware Jug, attrib. J. Eberly & Co. or S. Bell & Sons, Strasburg, VA

Fall 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 208

Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.A Note About Estimates

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Exceptional Multi-Glazed Redware Jug, attributed to J. Eberly & Co. or S. Bell & Sons, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890, ovoid jug with tooled spout, the surface covered in yellowish slip, decorated with heavily-splashed copper and manganese, and covered in a clear lead glaze. Regarded as the finest Strasburg redware jug known, this work combines abundant copper and manganese application with exceptional color and condition. Of particular note is the copper application at the shoulder, which appears almost as a stylized hand or flower. Literature: The jug is among the most-published examples of Shenandoah Valley pottery known, appearing first as the cover illustration of the 1974 reprint of Rice and Stoudt's The Shenandoah Pottery, then on p. 86 of Wiltshire's 1975 book, Folk Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley, and finally on p. 266, fig. 5.118 of Comstock's seminal 1994 work, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley. Excellent condition with a short, curving line at base, a small, faint H-shaped line on underside, and some minor base nicks. H 6 5/8".

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