Extremely Rare Stoneware Ring Flask / Face Vessel, 1830

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 40

Price Realized: $5,462.50
($4,750 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

July 19, 2014 Auction Catalog

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Diminutive Stoneware Face Ring Flask with Incised Foliate Decoration, Inscribed "William Peirce" and "W.P. / 1830," probably Northeastern U.S. origin, 1830, diminutive circular flask with applied spout decorated with an applied clay face with pierced eyes, nostrils, and mouth, the eyebrows and hair with incised details. Body of flask decorated with an incised leafy vine. Incised in script below face, "William Peirce". Reverse incised with the initials and date "W.P. / 1830". Surface covered in a brown Albany slip glaze. A wonderful folk art form. One of only two American face ring flasks we have seen, this being the finer of the two. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in the Northeastern U.S. approximately twenty years ago. A small spout chip and a minuscule nick to face's mouth. L 5 5/8".


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