Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, Circa 1805, Three Gallon Ovoid Stoneware Jug
By a celebrated free Black potter…
Thomas Commeraw was one of the earliest African-American master craftsmen to operate his own business in the United States. Thomas Commeraw, a free black potter established his pottery in the Corlears Hook neighborhood of lower Manhattan in 1797, successfully competing with well-known established stoneware makers including the Crolious and Remmey dynasties.
This piece was made early in the production of Commeraw’ s stamp-decorated wares. His work was masterfully-competent; the vocabulary of ornamentation displayed indicates that the
potter’ s ability and understanding of craft rivaled that of his contemporaries… proportion, decoration, and utility combined. Obviously skillfully-potted using fine clay, brushed and highlighted with cobalt slip… a robust jug with rounded foot, tooled spout, and ribbed handle; the shoulder wide enough to display the sharply impressed cobalt-highlighted drape-and-tassel motif within crescent ends centering cobalt-highlighted maker's mark…displayed is: "COMMERAW.S STONEWARE" impressed in two lines; note the reversed and smaller “S” …all above “CORLEARS HOOK”.
Condition: Very good with horizontal crack above the tooled base; couple of pings on backside; two short firing fissures center the handle where joined to spout; shallow flake to rim; scattered chips, large and small to projecting rim of foot. The cobalt brushed on far-left crescent is overfired…it took lots of heat. Sounds like a bashing, however AAAWT simply sharing the vestiges of time as due diligence. The piece is quite attractive an imposing. (Height: 16.5”)
Antique Stoneware Butter Churn, Olive Alkaline Glaze, Southern, U.S. Circa 1870-1890
Probably Alabama, Possibly Boggs Pottery, Randolph County, Alabama
Five-gallon cylindrical form featuring tall color; applied ribbed strap handles and a crescent
shaped handle; streaky olive glaze.
See, American Stonewares, The Art and Craft of Utilitarian Potters by Georgeanna H. Greer;
page 94. (Overall…very good, abrasion to lower handle; height: 17”.)
Antique Stoneware Crock, Cobalt Leafy Decoration, Three-Gallon
Possibly J. Fisher, Lyons, New York, Circa 1880-1890 (Unsigned)
Straight sided with applied lug handles, flattened rim above impressed “3” and incised shoulder, Albany slip interior,
brushed cobalt decoration. Hairline under handle, else fine and original.
(10" x 10.75")
Antique Stoneware Jar, Crock, NORTON, Leaf Decoration
Impressed, E & LP Norton, Bennington, Vermont
A one-gallon salt-glazed cylinder crock with flattered rim and tooled shoulder, applied lug handles;
incised…cobalt foliate decoration accented with spots; Albany slip interior.
Other than a manufacturing imperfection to rear of lip, overglazed flake…fine condition.
(7.5" x 8.5")
Antique Stoneware Ovoid Jug, Cobalt Wreath Decoration, Burger, Two Gallon
Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER”, Rochester," New York, Circa 1860
Two-gallon jug with tall neck and semi-squared spout; slip-trailed wreath tied with bowknot at base
centering a script number 2. Fine original condition with a faint hairline under spout. Height: 14.5”
Antique Stoneware Ovoid Jug, Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Two Gallon, Lyons
Stamped “LYONS,” Thompson Harrington, Lyons, New York, Circa 1860
Fine condition, featuring robust spout, decorated with brushed tulip flower
Stoneware Batter Pail, Salt Glazed Batter Jug, Brushed Cobalt Bird Decoration
Unknown Maker, 19th Century
Tubular pouring spout; applied ear handles fitted with bail handle
(Height: 11”, diameter of base: 6”; chip to spout and rim.)
Unusual JACOB CAIRE / PO'KEEPSIE, NY, Stoneware Apothecary Jug, Circa 1845
Impressed Mortar and Pestle
A squat jug having a tooled shoulder and semi-rounded spout, interestingly ornamented with a pair of impressed mortar and pestles displaying a leaf motif. The impressed decoration and maker's mark are highlighted in cobalt. (Staining, pings; H: 13”)
Stoneware Jug, Six Incised Circles, Tooled Spout, Brown Glaze
Anonymous, 19th Century
(Chips to underside of base, kiln bump; H: 17”)
Stoneware Jar, Vase, Cobalt, Flared Rim, Projecting Foot
Unknown Maker although Strasburg, Virginia has been suggested
Likely Late 19th Century
(Fine condition; H: 8.25”)
Stoneware Jug, Cobalt, Heavy Slip Trailed Running Dog, 4-Gallon Beehive Shape
Likely New York State, 19th Century
TImpressed “4” brushed in cobalt, against concentric tooled rings, beneath the squared spout.<br>
(There are several chips to underside of base at edge; height: 14”)
Stoneware Crock, Ovoid, Two Gallon, Carpenter Type
Circa 1803 to 1805
Tooled and incised neck with lug handles, impressed "BOSTON over 2", brown glaze. In generally excellent condition considering age and working life.
Dimensions: 12.75" H.
Redware Jug, Gonic, Nicely Potted, Great Color
Southern New Hampshire or Maine
One little pot-stone with all else fine (H: 6")
Stoneware Jug, Impressed Heart, Stamped Charlestown, (Massachusetts)
Attributed to Frederick Carpenter, Early 19th Century
(Chip/flake to spout; H: 12”)
Stoneware Jug, Ovoid, Three Gallon, Carpenter Type
Circa 1800 to 1830
Three gallon jug with transparent brown glaze, tooled and incised neck, impressed "BOSTON" and washed in cobalt.
Approximately three flakes on base and one small chip on shoulder close to handle.
Dimensions: 14.5" H.
Stoneware Crock, Jar, William E. Warner, West Troy, Cobalt Decorated
Impressed mark for WME. WARNER / West Troy (NY) over 2 (2 gallon)
(Ping and wear; H: 10")
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Antique Salt Glaze Stoneware Jug, Impressed JORDAN, Cannon Decoration
Likely Justus Morton, NY, C 1850SOLD
A highly ovoid 3-gallon jug impressed “JORDAN over 3” centered by sprigs of leaves; a band of
decoration measuring 4-inches in height features a cannon with blasts of smoke at muzzle and vent;
cannon ball seen at far right. It appears that the cannon is manned by two gunners. There is a
manufacturing flaw at center and two hairlines to applied ribbed handle. Height: 13”.
Stoneware, Jug, Jar, Cobalt Decoration, New York
Stoneware, 1.5 Gallon Jug, Haxton Ottoman & Co. Fort Edward, NY
Decorated with slip trailed foliate design - SOLD
(Small chip to squared spout, else fine; H: 12.5")
Stoneware Jar, Two Gallon, H.M. Whitman, Havana, NY, Cobalt Floral Decoration
Cylindrical jar with rounded shoulder, flared rim, lug handles, Albany slip interior
Havana, New York - SOLD
Salt Glazed Stoneware Ovoid Jug, Stamped "CHARLESTOWN,"
Frederick Carpenter Charlestown, Massachusetts, circa 1815
Reeded neck, incised shoulder, approximately 1 gallon, bottom dipped in brown iron slip - SOLD
(Some typical firing flaws; two shallow chips to spout; H: 12”)
566-91 - SOLD
Stoneware Jug, Two Gallon, Frederick Carpenter, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Circa 1806 to 1812 - SOLD
A "Charlestown" two-gallon stoneware jug. A swollen ovoid jug with reeded neck and base, and applied ridged handle, the shoulder impressed "Charlestown" in capital letters above two impressed hearts to indicate gallon capacity.
Dimensions: 14.5" H.
566-78 - SOLD
Westerwald Stoneware Crock, Open Lug Handles, Cobalt Decoration
19th Century - SOLD
(Excellent original condition; H: 9.5”)
566-102 - SOLD
Stoneware, Ovoid Jug, C. Crolius (Clarkson)
Manhattan, New York, Circa 1810
Stamped "C. CROLIUS / MANUFACTURER / MANHATTAN-WELLS / NEW-YORK," - SOLD
One gallon, Tooled spout, reeded neck and ribbed handle
(Very good original condition, couple pings; H: 14.5”)
1124-5 - SOLD
Ovoid Stoneware Jar, Crolius, Impressed Decoration, Brushed in Cobalt
Tooled Shoulder, Three Impressed Triangular Decorations
Unsigned, New York City, Circa 1800 - SOLD
(Half-inch fill to shallow chip, otherwise good; H: 9")
1114-18 - SOLD
Molded Stoneware Bottle, Relief Lady Liberty within Wreath, Circa 1810ish'
Anonymous, slip cast and glazed
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested - SOLD
(Very good condition original condition; H: 8")
1121-10 - SOLD
Stoneware Butter Churn, Cobalt Sunflower Decoration, John Burger, 8 Gallon
Rochester, New York, Circa 1885
Slip trailed decoration, impressed mark brushed in cobalt, lid in Albany slip - SOLD
(Churn in fine original condition; scatted shallow chips to lid edges; H: 24.5")
1085-7 - SOLD
Stoneware, Jugs, New York, Cobalt Decoration
Stoneware Syrup Jug, Two Gallon, Cobalt Floral Plume, Fort Edward, New York
Circa 1859 to 1861
Stamped maker's mark, cylindrical, rounded shoulder and pinched pouring spout - SOLD
(Very good condition; H: 14")
Stoneware Jug, F. STETZENMEYER & G. GOETZMAN, Rochester, NY
Mid 19th Century
Two gallon, slightly ovoid, cobalt slip trailed shaded petal decoration - SOLD
(Stone ping, else very good; H: 14.5")
Stoneware, Countertop Advertising Display for Hunts Catsup
Circa 1890 to 1910 - SOLD
The front with impressed inscription:
If you're a rosy,
plump tomato, Hunt's Catsup
has an opening for you
Brothers Joseph and William Hunt incorporated their company in 1890 as the Hunt Brothers Fruit Packing Company in Santa Rosa, California. The date of this display is unknown but more than likely dates from the last decade of 19th, or first decade of the 20th century. Hunt's used this slogan late as 1968.
(Generally good condition, couple minor base chips; H: 18")
232-313 - SOLD
Stoneware Ovoid Jug, Dipped in Ochre Stain, Impressed Crosses, Charlestown
Massachusetts, `Probably Frederick Carpenter
Early 19th Century
Reeded neck and base, applied ridged handle, top and bottom dipped in stain - SOLD
(Couple flakes to base, kiln bumps, salt drips, generally good; H: 14")
1056-10 - SOLD
Stoneware Ovoid Jug, Ochre Stain, Impressed Eagle and Cannon, Carpenter
Probably Frederick Carpenter
Applied ridged handle, shoulder impressed CHARLESRTOWN eagle and cannon - SOLD
(On "in-the-making" over-glazed chip to base, else fine; H: 14.5".)
1056-11 - SOLD
Figural Stoneware Cats Head Bank
Charming; hand molded, applied collar, features painted over glaze - SOLD
(Fine original condition; H: 6")
606-45 - SOLD
Stoneware Crock, Cobalt Floral Decoration
O.L. and A.K. Ballard
Third Quarter Nineteenth Century
Straight sided with lug handles impressed makers mark brushed in cobalt - SOLD
Few minor imperfections. Dimensions: 11" H.
424-108 - SOLD
Stoneware, Crock, Bullard and Scott, Brushed Cobalt Leaf Decoration
Circa 1870 to 1880
Four gallon straight sided crock, applied handles, slip trailed leaf design - SOLD
There is a shallow flake to rim and to one handle, all else fine
Dimensions: 11.5" H.
121-173 - SOLD
Stoneware Jug, F.B. Norton, Worcester, Massachusetts, Cobalt Dove Decoration
Two Gallon, Circa 1880
Cylindrical jug with squared spout, slip trailed bird on branch - SOLD
(Some fry to cobalt; very small glaze skip or pop, else very good: H: 15")
1056-4 - SOLD
Stoneware Jug, Brown Saltglaze, Charlestown, Three Impressed Hearts
Circa 1805 to 1810 - SOLD
An early highly ovoid 3-gallon jug with impressed heart decoration, tooled neck, and open lug handles; decorated with dipped brown glaze over neck and shoulder and at base. (H: 15", excellent condition with a single kiln imperfection)
121-177 - SOLD
Spongeware Shaving Cup, Blue and White Stoneware, Mug, Uncommon Form
Probably Pennsylvania or Ohio, Circa 1860 to 1870 - SOLD
(Fine original condition; H: 3.75")
1002-132 - SOLD
Stoneware Cylindrical Jar, Rounded Shoulder, Strong Brushed Cobalt Floral Decoration
America, unknown maker
Fine original condition - SOLD
Dimensions: 10.5" H.
121-170 - SOLD
Stoneware Ovoid Crock, 2 Gallon Jar, Brushed Cobalt Flower Decoration
Pennsylvania, unknown maker
Second Half 19th Century
Impressed "2" under lug handle, decorated all sides - SOLD
There is a shallow flake to rim with all else fine
Dimensions: 11.25" H.
121-175 - SOLD
Stoneware Jug, 3 Gallon, Cobalt Floral Decoration - SOLD
Staining as depicted, otherwise fine.
Dimensions: 16" H.
994-24 - SOLD
Stoneware Jugs, Ovoid, Three Gallon
Stoneware Jug, Ovoid, Julius Norton, Stylized Floral Decoration, 3 Gallon
Circa 1841 to 1850 - SOLD
Stoneware Jug, Ovoid, 3 Gallon, Norton and Fenton, Cobalt Tulip Decoration
1845 to 1847 - SOLD
Highly ovoid, squared spout, few minor lines at base of handle, otherwise excellent.
Dimensions: 14.5" H.
Painted...during its period of use - SOLD
Turned stoneware mortar; brown paint over green; paint worn, one or two very small chips. (7-inches High.)
492-33 - SOLD
Pennsylvania Redware Jar with Tan Glaze - SOLD
Dimensions: 6-inches high.
SHF-202 - SOLD
Possibly Richmond, Virginia
Cobalt Decoration - SOLD
This ovoid jug with tapering shoulder and flatted tooled rim has lug handles and cobalt decoration; stylized cobalt floral decoration at midsection, "3" impressed near neck, brown glaze on interior, two chips on rim, no other chips or cracks, some kiln drippings and glaze "alligatored" on upper half during firing. - Approximately 13-inches high.
268-4 - SOLD
Stoneware, Jug, Cobalt Ship and Lighthouse Decoration, Rare
New England, anonymous
Circa 1845 to 1855
Ship decoration is extremely rare, lighthouse decoration is unknown,
a combination of elaborately rendered nautical symbolism, UNIQUE - SOLD
Featured is an important two-gallon stoneware jug with outstanding cobalt nautical vignette; a detailed sailing vessel making her way under full sail through a cobalt brushed band of water. At the ship's right is a detailed lighthouse or signal tower with windows and flag; the tower is on a rockery surrounded by a neat fence. Displayed at the ship's left, is a rocky ledge; top of handle decorated with cobalt dash; base of handle decorated with a stylized flower-head; impressed capacity mark brushed in cobalt. There is a 1-inch flake at the back of boat; crack around circumference of jug connects to a tight sealed crack extending towards spout; few flakes within cobalt rocks. There is a small stone ping on front; line in underside, traveling a few inches to front of jug, and a small base chip. (H: 13")
909-26 - SOLD
Ovoid Stoneware Jar with Impressed Sun Face Design, Early and Rare
Attributed to Xerxes Price
South Amboy, New Jersey
Circa 1820 - SOLD
A wonderful ovoid form with tall incised flaring collar, rounded handles, and tooled foot and shoulder. The jar impressed on both sides with a face surrounded by a sunburst enclosed within a circle. Face designs and handle terminals are brushed in cobalt. Very good condition with two base chips and a small rim chips on the flat topside. (H: 13.75")
176-133 - SOLD
Saltglaze Stoneware Two Gallon Jug, John Burger
Rochester, New York
Circa 1865 to 1880 - SOLD
Cream color pottery handled jug, impressed on shoulder, 'John Burger. / Rochester', washed with cobalt blue; number "2" above stylized flower and leaf decoration. The deep blue and well executed decoration is typical of Burger's production. This two-gallon example stands at 14" and is in fine original condition with only a glaze spider on left side near base.
800-7 - SOLD