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Important Southern Edgefield District stoneware pictorial jug attributed to Stoney Bluff, possibly Dave South Carolina, circa 1860, rich alkaline glaze with single ring spout aside strap handle leading to ovoid body incised with pictorial decoration of man in boots in the act of tipping his hat along with inscription at upper body possibly reading "David" above another word or phrase leading to numbers one through six followed by four other numbers.
H11 1/8" W9"

Provenance: Sold to benefit a Georgia non-profit historic institution
Gift of an Edgefield County, SC family, circa 1960.

Literature: Baldwin, Cinda. GREAT & NOBLE JAR. Athens, GA: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1993. p.159, plate 5.25.

Goldberg, Arthur and James Witkowski. BENEATH HIS TOUCH: THE DATED VESSELS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SLAVE POTTER DAVE. Published in CERAMICS IN AMERICA 2006. Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation, 2006. pp. 67-70, table 1, numbers 81 and 93.

Other Notes: Inscribed pictorial decoration on stoneware created in the Edgefield District of South Carolina is an exceedingly rare occurrence. Only three known and documented vessels including this "Gent's Tip of the Hat Jug" have been discovered in over a century of formal collecting among both museums and private entities. The two other examples are storage jars, one with horse and rider signed "Dave" mentioned in "Ceramics in America, 2006" and the other featuring a bird, illustrated in "Great and Noble Jar" and referenced in "Ceramics in America." These jugs have been attributed to the Stoney Bluff pottery site owned by Lewis Miles and are of the same school of decorators, appearing to be by the same hand. The configuration of the spout, handle attachment and body form have been compared to shards excavated at Stoney Bluff and are a good match. The signature at the upper body of this jug is illegible; however, it appears to possibly read "David." The pottery operation at Stoney Bluff involved Dave and several other enslaved potters working alongside one another and learning to create the vessels we behold today.

  • Good overall condition with no repair or restoration. Glaze imperfections and skip at base as made having very minor chips at base. Bottom with consistent wear. overall wear consistent with age.

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