Intriguing creamware American ship jug to set sail on June 17
NEW YORK – You can rely on the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association. The 200-strong membership represents hundreds of years of experience with handling antiques, particularly Americana, and you know they obtain access to the best material. On June 17, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana, a 335-lot sale of choice material that reflects and evokes American rural life from generations past. Once again, Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana has curated the tantalizing sale. Here are three highlights that demand your attention. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The standout that leads the impressive lineup is a Liverpool Creamware American ship jug dating to circa 1799-1800. Its decorative delights begin with an image of an American sailing vessel on a green sea that seemingly floats above a grouping of nautical items rendered in black, which include a drum anchor, a cannon, flags, and swords. Inscribed beneath the jug’s spout is the phrase “WS to SC,” which is framed by depictions of grasses and grapevines, and below that is an American eagle with 13 stars hovering over the span of its spread wings.
The other side of the pitcher is even more intriguing. Its decorations showcase assorted Masonic symbols and motifs, as well as three women who represent the Three Graces. Two of the women are perched atop tall columns, and winding around one of the columns is the Latin motto “Audi, Vide, Tace,” which translates to “Hear, see, be silent.” This is just some of the imagery depicted on the jug, which promises to hold and engage your gaze for as long as you wish to look. The piece of creamware is estimated at $3,500-$4,000.
Also of note is a circa 1870s hand-appliqued quilt with double straight line, diamond, and feathered wreath designs in shades of red, teal green, blue, and white. Measuring 90 in by 92 in, the lot notes for the textile masterpiece declare the quilting work “SUPERB” and state that it “feels strong and sturdy overall.” The quilt originated in Pennsylvania’s Fayette County and is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Still another highlight is an Acoma Pueblo coiled pottery jar that dates to the 1940s. Described as being in “excellent condition” with “no cracks or chips,” it stands six and a half inches tall and carries an estimate of $650-$850.
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