Very Rare Stoneware Mortar attrib. Abraham Mead, Greenwich, Connecticut, c1790

Spring 2024 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 163

Price Realized: $660.00

($550 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Mortar with Wooden Pestle, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, circa 1790, cylindrical form with footed base, the body and base embellished heavily-tooled bands. Surface covered in a salt glaze over a visually-appealing light gray ground. Includes original wooden pestle. Few examples by this important, 18th century New England potter ever come to market. One of the earliest intact American stoneware mortars known. Provenance: Descended in the Mead family; Warren F. Hartmann Collection. As-made condition with only in-the-firing flaws. A thin 2" and 1 1/4" vertical separation lines at base, continuing 3/4" and 5/8" on underside. A 3 1/2" in-the-firing separation on underside. Two contact marks to rim. H (of mortar) 6 1/8".

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