• Stoneware/Redware
Lot 175


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JONATHAN FENTON (B.1766) ATTRIBUTED, STAMPED "BOSTON" MASSACHUSETTS DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt-glazed, approximately two-gallon capacity, bold ovoid form with tapering foot, flat-top rounded rim, incised rings below rim and to neck, double-beaded shoulder rings, applied upright open-loop handles. Sponged cobalt and stamped codfish design to each side, additional cobalt to handle terminals. 1793-1796. 12 3/8" H, 5 1/2" D rim.
Catalogue Note: Jonathan Fenton was one of the co-owners of Boston's first stoneware pottery, founded in 1793. Fenton, a potter who had relocated from New Haven, CT, made his vessels in the styles seen in Germany and England. He decorated his pottery with images that would be attractive to Boston consumers including: Flower, Codfish, Small Fish, Bird Eating Grapes, Native American Man, and a JF Cartouche. Jonathan Fenton's time in Boston was successful but short-lived. Records show that he had left the area by May 1796. 
Literature: Decoration parallels Hunter (ed.) - Ceramics in America 2019, p. 82, fig. 1 and p. 95 figs. 11 and 12.


Excellent, mostly undamaged condition, having a couple minor shallow chips to foot edge and minor flake to rim interior. 

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Robert Hinley, Richmond, VA, 11/2/1981.