Antique blue sponged hand thrown tin glazed small ovoid jar with a spread foot from the 1810 to 1910 period, hence the c1860 mid-date (see all Photos). This jar is thickly potted on a common red earthenware clay. The opaque white tin glaze covering the red clay body is comparatively thick and has cobalt blue sponged decoration also called spatterware by collectors. The hand formed rim is thicken and rounded to help seat firmly a cork or wooden plug-style cap. The expanded foot is also well formed on a flaring base that is undercut so that it becomes concave upward underneath the jar (see Photos 1 and 6).
While most potteries stopped production of tin glazed wares between 1790 and 1840, a few continued on with special vessel forms in localities where demand called for them. Creamware and then pearlware quickly replaced delftware among tablewares and teawares as a better alternative that was also less expensive than porcelain. Similarly locally produced salt glazed stoneware replaced lead glazed redware in the late 1700s and first half of the 1800s. Those redware potters that remained in business focused their effort on common utilitarian storage vessels (pans, jars, crocks) and flower pots. Similarly, the few delft potteries that continued to produce tin glazed wares after 1800 sought niches where such wares were still acceptable. Delft and faience pots were made for packing salves, ointments, bear grease and even condiments (mustard, etc.) in the 19th century in Spain, Portugal, France and adjacent low countries.
The thick, strong side walls and base on the ovoid pot listed here indicate that pearlware and creamware would not have offered the same desirable protective strength and durability. The fine sandy red clay used to make this pot also provided a perfect match with the tin glaze since there is no crazing present. Crazing is the term used to refer to the fine cracks that may occur in the glaze covering a pottery vessel. Crazing is present when expansion and contraction coefficients are different between the underlying clay body and its overlying glaze. This small ointment jar has no crazing indicating that the tin glaze and clay body have the same expansion coefficients.
Finally, the white tin glaze coating the interior of this small pot along with its thick walls and solid pedestal base suggest that this pot was likely produced as a container for holding a salve or ointment. Fine scratches and wear along the outer edge of the spread foot and on the top of the rim is evident under magnification when using reflective light. The wear suggests that this pot had been used for quite a while before it was discarded. Consequently, its contents were not something that could be used in a single event. If any viewer has encountered this same style ointment pot with a content label or other commercial marks, kindly drop me an email and share what you might know - thanks, Doc.
So if you are looking for a nice antique hand thrown oviform delft jar from about 1860, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this tin glazed jar also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This small jar stands 4 1/4 inches tall and has a maximum diameter of 3 1/4 inches across at its widest. The rim has an interior mouth opening diameter of about 1 1/2 inches and an exterior maximum outer lip diameter is about 1 15/16 inches. This small pot weighs just over 3/4 lbs empty and sits on a base that has a diameter of about 2 1/4 inches (final shipping weight is estimated between 1 1/2 and 2 lbs). This small jar is in excellent condition with no major defects and no body chips, hairlines, cracks, major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. The glaze has no crazing and the only declarations to mention are two tiny glaze chips along the inner edge of the rim that were likely caused by using a utensil to prior open and remove the plug cap on occasion. The largest of the two glaze chips measures about 3/16 inches long and a red pen points it in the last Photo. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this small pot for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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