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Ovoid Redware Jug

Jugs like the one above were the most common items made by the early potters.  They were not easy to make, and a finely shaped example is the mark of a master.  As a general rule, the earlier the jug, the more elongated the ovoid body.  In this example we see the ovoid shape starting to become more squat, thus indicating a manufacturing date circa 1820-30.  The jug is wheel thrown and the ear-shaped handle is attached high on the shoulder.

This very fine Ovoid Redware Jug from Essex County, Massachusetts isattributed to Pecker Pottery of Merrimacport, Mass.  The color is simply wonderful . . . it's a rich, deep red/orange color with the brushings of dark brown coloration strategically placed in wide smears.  It is not as well defined as some other output from that pottery, but the decoration is deliberately placed and typical of Pecker Pottery.  There is all over craquelure to the glaze as one would expect and graceful sloping shoulders that give a delicacy to the piece in spite of the bulbous middle.  There is wear to the glaze on the neck of the jug and also on the edges of the handle that are commensurate with  age and intended usage.

The jug is in very fine condition, especially for Redware, whose porus body was fired at such a low temperature and was prone to chipping and cracking during usage. 
Size is 7-1/4" tall and a little over 6" at the "bulge". 


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