18th/19th century, southern Italian yellow-glazed terracotta olive preserve jar. This hand-formed, lidded rustic pot is unpretentious in its tall, slightly tapering form. It has a spattering of green glaze concentrated on one side of the jar; more the result of an accident rather than deliberate decoration, but adding to its appeal never-the-less. The un-glazed lid is original, and wonderfully crude in its form. A beautifully subtle variation in its glaze exits. Remarkably, the jar is WELL- PRESERVED with ONLY minor loss to the glaze. In some places though, the glaze is transparent rather than yellow; this is especially the case around the rim and handle, and visually gives the impression of glaze loss. It is however discolored on the inside from normal usage. Again, the interior is otherwise well-preserved with only minor glaze loss. No restoration.
Size: 11 ½” height. 9” diameter. Maximum width including handles is 11”.