Very Rare Stoneware Crock w/ Cobalt Elephant's Head, attrib. William A. Macquoid, Manhattan, c1870

Summer 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 6

Price Realized: $2,280.00

($1,900 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Elephant's Head, attributed to William A. Macquoid, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1870, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a brushed design of an elephant's head with raised trunk, likely inspired by the popularity of Jumbo the elephant and the American circus in general. The style of the brushwork and color of the clay and cobalt on this crock lead to a firm attribution to the William Macquoid pottery, an operation known for its painterly and highly unusual animal and people designs. This crock, the first elephant-decorated piece from this shop that we have seen, is potted in a small size, measuring roughly 1 1/4 gallons. A 6" crack from rim on reverse and a 4" hairline from rim on front. A small in-the-firing iron ping to rim, which is glazed over. H 7 3/8".

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