Folk Art Incised 8 Gallon Stoneware Jug


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Spectacular monumental 8 gallon ovoid stoneware jug with fantastic folk art incised portrait and inscription. Possibly slave made. Well executed primitive self portrait of the maker. Signed in cursive “Tom made big juge.” Incised “C” and “8” on shoulder, along with the same symbols again, both made with a coggle wheel or coin edge. Great mottled multicolored glaze. Wonderful ovoid form. Base of applied handle shows fingerprints of marker. Heavy beast weighs over 25lbs. Imagine the weight when filled! No wonder it had two handles, as it designed for two people to carry it. Hard to identify exact area of origin, but best guess would be Virginia or Ohio. A superb and unique example. More research on “Tom” may yield additional information. First time on the market since 2005 for this museum quality gem.


Date: 1840-1860s


Size: 21″ tall. 14″ greatest diameter.

A few thoughts on stoneware: Stoneware was originally designed as utilitarian objects. Typically, these pieces were put into service for many years. As such, stoneware will generally show signs of heavy wear and usage. Some chips and cracks are usually in evidence, and serve as reminders that stoneware was first and foremost meant to be functional. These factors should be taken into account when evaluating a piece.



Condition: Overall very good for a functional piece of stoneware with minimal use damage and a few in-making imperfections. One handle has been restored. Please use photos and description to determine condition.


Price: SOLD


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