Exceedingly Rare Stoneware Jug w/ "LANDRUM" Handle Stamp, Benjamin Franklin Landrum, Edgefield District, SC

Fall 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 54

Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $4,250.

Exceedingly Rare Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Impressed "LANDRUM," Benjamin Franklin Landrum Pottery, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, mid 19th century, ovoid jug with tooled and rounded spout molding, the surface covered in a glossy, grayish-olive alkaline glaze. Handle impressed in capital letters, "LANDRUM," referring to the B.F. Landrum pottery, where it was made. This jug is the first example of stoneware bearing this stamp that we have seen and serves as a key "rosetta stone" piece for attribution of pieces made at this site. The few other examples of signed B.F. Landrum stoneware that we have seen feature Landrum's name or initials in incised script. The impression of this mark on the handle, as opposed to the shoulder or base, is highly unusual in the Edgefield potting tradition. Barely visible, professional restoration to crack around spout below the raised molding at the spout's midsection suggests the spout was broken off and reattached. Otherwise excellent condition. H 14".

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