Exceptional C. Rhodes / Maker (Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC) Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug

Summer 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 52

Price Realized: $36,000.00

($30,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze and Elaborate Kaolin Slip Decoration, Inscribed "C. Rhodes Maker," Collin Rhodes Pottery, Shaw's Creek, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850, highly-ovoid jug with tooled spout and applied open handles at the shoulder, the surface covered in a mottled, olive-green alkaline glaze and inscribed in kaolin slip "C. Rhodes / Maker," underscored by a stemmed branch culminating in a looping flourish bearing foliate devices flanking the words in a wreath-like fashion. Inscribed "4" above within a floral border. Reverse decorated with a large kaolin-slip floral motif featuring looping leaves, two fan-shaped blossoms, and a central scalloped blossom with spotted interior. Brushed iron-slip highlights to upper handle terminals. Jug retains an old wooden stopper. Combining form, decoration, and a large Rhodes signature, this work is among the finest examples of this pottery's work to come to auction in years. Of particular note is its remarkable state of preservation. While jugs from this operation are often found with a handle or spout missing, this jug survives in essentially the condition in which it was made. Provenance: Recently-surfaced in Georgia, this jug may have served the prized Chalybeate (mineral) water found at Beall Springs in Warrenton, Georgia. The hotel associated with this popular 19th century resort was founded by the consignor's family in the 1840s. Excellent condition with minor chipping to spout. H 16".

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