Salt glazed tobacco jar or humidor with applied clay sprigging and coggling (aka rouletting) from about 150 years ago. This antique stoneware jar is hand thrown and decorated with applied clay rosettes, fancy scrolling motifs and the word ‘TABAC’ on its outer circumference. Tabac is an abbreviated spelling that was used by English and Continental potters in the 1700s and 1800s and is also found on Staffordshire pottery, as well. The rim and base on this jar exhibit beading, milled rouletted bands and cordoning (see all photos). The stoneware fabric consists of a grayish-buff clay while the exterior was coated with a varying thin brown ferruginous wash that is darkest along the top edge of the rim where it is a brown speckled glaze akin to some 17th century Rhenish tigerware bellarmines (see rim along top left in first photo; see also last photo). This tobacco jar is not that old but instead dates from the mid to late 1800s, most likely from the 1850 to 1880 period.
The shape of his jar is also attractive. Its base expands outward to create a spread foot that terminates with a band of milling (see Photos). The rounded rim at the top also extends outward while it is flattened on top for seating a cover. The cover is no longer present and so we can only imagine how it may have been shaped and decorated. The interior of this stoneware jar also exhibits a brown wash and is lightly glazed with a salt vapor rather than heavily coating. A light salt vapor glaze can occur on the interior of a jar or crock when it is fired upside down and little kiln vapors are able to freely enter the vessel. In terms of the jar listed here, both its rim and base exhibit unglazed scars left behind by how it was stacked in the kiln.
There is a small incised oval on the undersize of the base, but no factory names or recognizable potters marks (see Photo #7, at about the 12 o’clock position on the base for the oval mark). The rouletting and other elements on this jar suggest French production, however the spelling of tobacco is both French as well as English, as noted already and can be found on other English jars of the same period. The bottom of the jar is not perfectly flat, but rather is gently pushed upward (concave upward) to allow the jar to sit evenly on its outer edge. However, a past owner added small green felt tabs to keep the jar from scratching the surface on which it is set (tabs are removable, see photo of base). This base finishing technique used by both French and British stoneware potters when raised foot rings are not used. There is also a residual wire ‘thumb print’ scar in the center of the underside of the base that was left behind when the jar was cut off and removed from the potter’s wheel. And so, this is a wonderful salt glazed stoneware tobacco jar that displays well and will capture attention and conversation in most any setting. It also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or return it for a refund (see return policy below for full details).
SIZE: This antique jar stands about 7 3/8 inches tall, has a rim diameter of about 7 inches and a base diameter of 7 1/4 inches. The jar weighs just over 4 lbs, empty. It is a perfect size that can be used for storing kitchen utensils, art implements, pet toys or simply displaying empty on a counter, shelf, console, cabinet, mantle or on the floor next to a hearth.
CONDITION: This stoneware jar is in very good condition with no major cracks, star cracks, stains or deep scratches. The only declarations to mention are minor and are a tight, short, very hard to see hairline about 1 inch long (see Last photo, there is a black pen pointing to the hard to see hairline along the top of the rim), a small chip along the inside of the rim near the short hairline (also visible in the last Photo), and a tiny chip off the tip of one of the applied brown clay appliques that is shown in the second to last photo where a red tipped pen points to the missing piece of clay decoration. These are minor declarations and this jar has no major issues and no repairs or restoration. And as always, this antique jar also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
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