Very Rare Florida or Alabama Stoneware Face Jug, late 19th century

Summer 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 59

Price Realized: $2,760.00

($2,300 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Florida or Alabama origin, late 19th century, cylindrical form with rounded top featuring a hand-modeled, applied, and sculpted face including eyes with pierced pupils, nose with carved nostrils, ears, and opening mouth forming the vessel's spout. Applied pieces of textured clay form the figure's hair, eyebrows, and beard. Dipped iron-oxide or Albany slip to upper body, omitted on the eyes. Surface covered in a clear salt glaze. The torso form of the vessel relates this work to pieces produced in Alabama, although previous owner and ceramics scholar, Tony Shank, placed its origins soundly in the state of Florida. The jug's construction, in which the liquid flows from the figure's mouth, is most unusual. Provenance: Collection of Michael Hall and Pat Glascock, Hamtramck, MI; Ex-Collection Tony and Marie Shank; Jug bears a probable exhibition tag from the first half of the 20th century, reading, "Property of Mrs. H. Eaton / 132 Elm St. / Telephone / 119." Restored handle. Two in-the-firing losses to hair on figure's head. H 9 3/4".

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