Offering for your consideration is a fine 4 gallon piece of Southern history attributed to the renowned Slave Potter , David Drake. This storage jar is 12 inches tall & just over 40 inches in circumference. It weighs just under 20 pounds (19.8).This is a recently discovered artifact from an estate in Charleston , S. Inside was covered in remnants of lard/grease which for the most part has been removed. I would estimate the time period of this piece to be circa 1849 - 1859. Dave also potted & signed LM' from 1840 - 1843. There are only a few vessels that have surfaced in recent years having date & signature during the " dark " period of Dave between 1844 & 1848. Many earlier pieces have been attributed to Dave as well. There are attributions that go back as far as 1821 to Dave. There is a 1 1/2 inch chip on the rim, also a small fleck 1/8 inch & 2 chips on one of the lug handles. A 1 inch & a 1/8 inch. They do not detract from the appearance of this beautiful jar. Signed very boldly , " LM " , 2 slash marks & 4 punctuates (dots). All of these marks are heavily drawn into the pot as if he were signing a one of a kind piece of art or perhaps angrily as he contemplated how one man could own another. Dave's works are displayed in the Smithsonian , various museums and numerous private collections.
Much of the information I have shared is from the book , " Ceramics in America " 2006. The chapter begins on page 58 , & is titled " Beneath His Magic Touch : The Dated Vessels of the African - American Slave Potter Dave " by authors Arthur F.
The item "Edgefield Pottery Dave The Slave David Drake Southern Stoneware Crock Rare" is in sale since Sunday, August 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Crocks". The seller is "jettlagg760" and is located in Lexington, South Carolina.This item can be shipped to United States.