Up for sale is a lovely American redware / earthenware jar or crock c. Early to mid 19th century.Hand thrown not molded, it's an impressively straight-up cylindrical form. Straight walls up to a diagonally sloping shoulder. Above it's got a medium-width "lipped" rim, shaped similarly to early glass jars of the era. The rim is NOT galleried.
The jar is coated with a complex mottled green (copper) slip, over which it's glazed inside and out with a translucent lead glaze. This lead glaze has some brown (manganese) contamination, most concentrated around the shoulder-midsection, with brown flecks throughout. In certain areas, "spotting" has occurred allowing the iron-rich orange-red clay body to show through. Gravity ran the thicker manganese-polluted portions of the glaze down the side while it was still liquid, giving an attractive artistic "melty" effect. It's barely 6.75 tall with.
5 diameter at the base. The decorative treatment and clay color certainly point to a Northeastern US origin, likely PA or New England.
I acquired it in eastern PA, it looks a bit more New England to me than PA though, it is just a beautifully made pot wherever it's from. Condition is very VERY good.There are a few routine small chips & flakes around the base edge. There's some flaking/exfoliation of the glaze and moderate chipping at the rim, and a couple specks of glaze loss and scratching in other areas. Coming down from the rim there is a short 1.5 tight hairline with no associated chipping/damage. Nothing distracting, I think this is a crock any country primitives fanatic // redware collector would be pleased to own!