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A SALT-GLAZED COBALT-BLUE INCISED STONEWARE JAR WITH EARED HANDLES
A SALT-GLAZED COBALT-BLUE INCISED STONEWARE JAR WITH EARED HANDLES
A SALT-GLAZED COBALT-BLUE INCISED STONEWARE JAR WITH EARED HANDLES
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A SALT-GLAZED COBALT-BLUE INCISED STONEWARE JAR WITH EARED HANDLES
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A SALT-GLAZED COBALT-BLUE INCISED STONEWARE JAR WITH EARED HANDLES

STAMPED BY THOMAS W. COMMERAW (ACTIVE 1796-1819), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1797-1798

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A SALT-GLAZED COBALT-BLUE INCISED STONEWARE JAR WITH EARED HANDLES
STAMPED BY THOMAS W. COMMERAW (ACTIVE 1796-1819), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1797-1798
stamped COMMERAW and STONEWARE/ N.YORK
7 1⁄4 in. high, 7 3⁄4 in. diameter
Provenance
Waasdorp American Pottery Auction, Clarence, New York, 9 September 2005, lot 2
Literature
Peter Goodman, Notebook, no. 1018.

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Lot Essay

A free African American potter working in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century New York, Thomas H. Commeraw stands as an important figure in the history of ceramics and sheds valuable light on the African American experience in early New York. In this vein, the New-York Historical Society is currently preparing a 2023 exhibition, "Crafting Freedom: Uncovering the Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas Commeraw." Descended from enslaved people, Commeraw ran his business from Corlear's Hook, along the shore of Manhattan's Lower East Side and near a Free African American community. Bearing the same maker's stamps and swag and floral incised decoration, this jar relates closely to a slightly larger example dated to 1797-1798 at Winterthur Museum (1959.1751).

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