November 3, 2007 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 226

Price Realized: $7,130.00
($6,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

November 3, 2007 Auction Catalog

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Richmond, VA Stoneware Preserve Jar with Incised Decoration and the Incised Inscription "Quinces," probably John P. Schermerhorn at the Benjamin DuVal Pottery, circa 1820, approximately one-gallon, ovoid jar with semi-squared rim and pinched tab handles, incised "Quinces" in script, with sections of the incised word accented with additional incised slashes. The word "Quinces" underscored by a looping flourish and accented with similar incised slashes. Incising highlighted in cobalt. Reverse decorated with an incised hanging quince design, in a style reminiscent of the work of Manhattan, NY potters of the late 18th and early 19th century. Large tab handles are pinched, creating a rippled surface, and brushed with a cobalt stripe and dashes along the edge. This jar is the only example of a Richmond fruit or preserve jar we have seen. It is additionally one of the earliest examples of intact Richmond stoneware with incised decoration we are aware of. Purchased by its latest owner approximately thirty years ago. 1 3/4" rim chip. 2" flake off of underside of left handle. 5" vertical hairline from rim to left of right handle. Also a 6" vertical hairline from rim to right of right handle. Two small base chips. H 9 3/8"