Extremely Rare Old Bridge, NJ Stoneware Jar w/ Impressed Hearts and Moon Decoration

October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 38

Price Realized: $2,760.00
($2,400 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

October 22, 2016 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Man-in-the-Moon and Heart Motifs, attributed to Morgan and Van Wickle, Old Bridge, NJ, early 19th century, ovoid jar with heavily-tooled shoulder, flared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated on one side with an impressed and cobalt-highlighted design of a man-in-the-moon, and on the reverse with a design of four hearts surrounded by a scalloped border. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. This four hearts design was found on shards associated with the pottery of James Morgan, Jr. and Judge Jacob van Wickle in Old Bridge, NJ--wasters from which were excavated in the 1990's--and excavations earlier in the twentieth century in Old Bridge turned up the man-in-the-moon. While interestingly this same four hearts design also appears on pieces made by Josiah Chapman in Troy, NY, there are very subtle differences between that known to have been used by Chapman and this example, which matches up with the Old Bridge shards. This piece includes superb color and strong condition, displaying two different designs with appealing subject matter. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Very nice condition with shallow chipping around base and some water glass staining to interior.


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