July 22, 2017 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Rare Edgefield Face Pitcher

(Edgefield District, South Carolina, 1860s), gritty dark brown and olive alkaline glaze over entire body with glaze voids outlining finger prints of maker around base edge, applied facial features including loose rattling kaolin eyes under some glaze inset in bulging eyelids, arching eyebrows, elongated nose, open mouth with applied kaolin teeth underglaze, "C" scroll ears, applied strap handle from shoulder to flared collared rim, pinched spout, 5-7/8 in.  

 Notes: Consensus indicates production of these vessels was undertaken by working African slaves of the period. Pitcher forms are rare, another example can be found in Ceramics in America, 2013, pg. 12, figure 15.

Provenance:Purchased from Jimmy Allen; Private Atlanta Collection


1/2 in. glaze chip and 2 in. hairline at spout, other minor hairline at rim, 1/2 in. chip to upper right eyelid, reattached right ear with minor glaze chip and loss at upper terminus, glaze anomalies and minor firing separations to some features as made, interior firing blow out behind left eye socket as made

Estimate: $35,000 - $55,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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