May 20, 2006 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 16

Price Realized: $4,510.00
($4,100 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

May 20, 2006 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration, the Date "1796," and the Initials "E. F.," attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, finely-potted, straight-sided jug with wide spout and ribbed strap handle, embellished with several groups of incised lines encircling the jug's body and spout. Decorated on the jug's front with a slip-trailed cobalt floral motif, along with additional cobalt applied to the rim, base of neck, and handle terminals. The cobalt date "1796" on the jug's right side, and the initials "E. F." in cobalt on the opposite side. Outstanding form, size, and cobalt decoration. Color, date, and use of initials, all consistent with the work of Abraham Mead of Greenwich, CT. Among Mead's known work are some rare jars decorated with 1790's dates and initials, in the same manner as this jug. Excellent condition with a faint line at base, which probably occurred in the making, and a horizontal line in the handle, which does not continue completely through. Height 6 7/8".