Great Road Pottery Redware Lidded Jar

April 10, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 49

Price Realized: $8,050.00
($7,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

April 10, 2010 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Great Road Lidded Redware Jar with Incised and Copper Slip Highlighted Foliate Decorations, probably Smyth County, VA, early 19th century, skillfully-potted ovoid jar with rounded foot, bulbous midsection, and tall collar, the shoulder fitted with arching open handles with depressed terminals. Shoulder and base area embellished with incised sine waves girded by horizontal lines. Each side of jar decorated with a similar incised oval with three leaves extending from it on each side, filled with copper slip. Interior of oval decorated with vertical slip-trailed copper lines on one side and slip-trailed copper wave designs on opposite side. Copper decoration to ends of handles. Surface covered in a clear lead glaze over a vibrant orange ground. Original domed lid with alternating bands of green and cream colored slip. Recently discovered in a forty-year pottery collection in Ohio. Outstanding form with fine decoration and excellent color. An important new find in early Southern redware. Make-do stapled restoration to one side extending to area under one handle, which includes staples surrounding a 5 1/4" oval-shaped piece. Hairlines on opposite side. Some glaze loss to decoration and glaze loss to ends of handles. Minor rim chip and minor wear to top of handles. Base chip. Lid with chips to flange on underside, some small chips to edge, and wear to edge of knob. 1 3/4" hairline in lid, which is faint on exterior. H (including lid) 15 7/8".


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