Antique Redware Jug or Squat Bottle Lead Glazed Brown Colored with Impressed Decoration By Schofield
Description: A late 19th or early 20th century lead glazed redware jug or squat bottle with a dark brown colored accent to the edge of the base. The jug is round and squat in shape and has a flat round base. The piece has rounded sides rising to shoulders which taper to a slightly flared and short neck ending in a rolled lipped small opening on top. It is a nice brown in color and is decorated at the shoulder with impressed shapes which look like the classic hourglass all along the circumference. The piece is glazed inside and out except for the bottom. The bottom of the piece is unglazed but has developed a dark coloring as opposed to the usual reddish color of unglazed redware. Please view photos carefully as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but sometime in the period of late 1800's to early 1900's.
Origin: Chester County, Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size and Weight: Measures 4" in diameter at the base, 1 1/2" diameter at the top, ~5" at its widest, and is ~5 1/4" high. The piece weighs about one pound and 9 ounces.
Maker: Schofield Pottery.
Provenance: This piece was part of potter Ned Foltz and his wife Gwen's collection of Americana and pottery. Mr. Foltz included a small card with the piece which we will include as part of the sale. This was item 96 at the auction which took place in Reinholds, PA on April 18, 2015.
Condition: Bottle is in general good condition given its age. It has no crack, breaks, repairs, or crazing to the glaze. The piece has several chips to the top edge with one 1/2" chip along the edge of the top opening. It also has several flakes where the glaze is lost and showing the redware under it throughout the exterior surface. The piece also has several of the manufacturing defects you would expect in a primitive piece of redware of this vintage such as pops, slubs, areas where the glaze did not fully flow, unglazed spots, and uneven spots. Some of the most pronounced such issues are several dimples to the surface, which can be seen in the first photo to the extreme left and two in the second photo to the extreme right. All of these issues can be seen in the photos and as can be seen do not distract from the beauty of the piece. Please see photos for additional condition information.