Extremely Rare Alamance County, NC Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl w/ Two-Color Slip Decoration

Fall 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 68

Price Realized: $2,520.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Two-Color Slip Decoration, Alamance County, NC origin, late 18th or early 19th century, small-sized, ovoid form with footed base and open strap handles, the shoulder decorated on the front and reverse in manganese and cream-colored slip with a flower bud flanked by splayed leaves. Further decorated below with bands of manganese and cream-colored slip flanking a band of cream-colored slip cymas. Additional diagonal line decoration below each handle. The bowl's original domed lid includes thin and wide manganese banding and light cream-colored slip banding. Lead-glazed surfaces to bowl and lid. This work is attributed to the St. Asaph's potting tradition of Alamance County, North Carolina based on its use of distinctive overlapping cymas, circumferential slip banding, outlined slip floral/foliate decoration, and horizontal open handles, all traits consistent with locally-produced redware. The bowl's bud-and-leaf motif is curiously related to Manhattan incised stoneware from the same time period. While a number of larger "sugar jars" are known from North Carolina, this small-sized vessel following a more-standard sugar bowl form is significantly rarer. Open straps of both handles with full restoration dating to the late 19th or early 20th century. Bowl additionally with base chips, a minor rim nick, and a large semi-circular crack near base, continuing onto underside, where it forms a thin line. Lid broken into two pieces and reglued. Lid also with chips to outer edge, a 2" loss to flange on underside, and a chip and nick to finial. H (including lid) 5 1/4".

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