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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.
Graceful lines, good proportions, and a lusterous glaze elevate this Jug to the highest form of the potter's art. The soft colors of the various shades of olive green and oatmeal brown are a delight to the senses. It was impossible to capture the subtle coloration with the camera. It is much more subtle in color than shows in the picture because of the camera's flash.
This is a wonderful example of the potter's art and the glaze is stunning, the colors rich, and the condition unbelieveably fine. One hardly ever finds redware in this condition as much of it is damaged due to the porosity of the clay due to the low firing temperature. The strength of this piece lies in its graceful form and the colorful glaze as well as the excellent overall condition. The jug is 9" tall and most probably from Maine because of its distinctive coloration that is so typical of Maine Redware.

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