Very Rare I. SEYMOUR & SON. / TROY Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Man's Bust

Fall 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 297

Price Realized: $1,920.00

($1,600 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Man's Bust, Stamped "I. SEYMOUR & SON. / TROY," NY State origin, circa 1840, cylindrical jug with rounded spout, decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted profile of a man's bust below a brushed floral motif. The cobalt slip used includes reddish spotting, indicating it was possibly mixed with a small amount of manganese or iron. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. This jug is the first example that we have seen from the Seymours' Troy pottery depicting the human form. The subject's distinctive bald head and prominent nose suggest it may be portrait of a specific person, possibly Israel Seymour. Very nice condition with a 1 5/8" chip to bottom edge on reverse, a small base chip on front, a 3 1/2" Y-shaped hairline on reverse emanating from a minor surface nick, and a drip of staining to left side. H 13 1/2".

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