Charlton Hall is thrilled to be offering a rare incised-decorated Edgefield stoneware jug in its next auction scheduled for June 11th and 12th. Only three documented Edgefield District incised-decorated vessels have been discovered in over a century, each being attributed to the enslaved potter, Dave.
The jug (lot 500) features a pictorial decoration of a man in boots in the act of tipping his hat along with an inscription at the upper body reading "David." This spectacular piece along with three other lots of stoneware was given to a Georgia non-profit historic institution in the 1960s by an Edgefield County family. At the time these pieces were stored for possible later use and in the 1970s after, having them appraised, it was decided that they should be stored off-premises in a vault where they have been kept for over three decades. They had never been published or exhibited and remained generally unseen for all these years. The pottery collecting world is anxiously waiting to see what such a scarce piece will realize at auction. Many wonder if it will break Charlton Hall’s previous World Record set in 2004 when a never before seen Dave inscribed poem jar sold for $155,250!
While Southern folk and fine art is always a highlight at Charlton Hall’s auctions, there are also many fine pieces of decorative art, paintings and furniture to be offered in the sale which spans over eight-hundred lots. The auction kick-offs with an impressive Flora Danica porcelain dinner service, lots 1-8 expected to fetch between $30,000-$47,000. The sale also includes the estate of prominent Atlanta architect Joseph Amisano’s private collection of contemporary artwork and 18th through 19th century maps and engravings. Charlton Hall also secured the estate of C. Theodore and Barbara B. Hicks of Augusta, Georgia, who were longtime, well-respected antique dealers and show promoters in the South. The Hicks’s estate features their English and European porcelain collection and the contents of their Augusta residence, totaling over one-hundred lots. The star lot from this collection is lot 213, a stunning 45 x 80 inch rendition of Rosa Bonheur’s “The Horse Fair.”
Among the selection of furniture included in the sale is an assortment of European signed case pieces, such as lot 221, a 19th century Louis XV style bronze-mounted inlaid kingwood marbletop clothespress, and lot 77 a George III bow-front chest-on-chest circa 1800 which retains part of its original cabinetmaker’s label. It is unusual to find English furniture with signatures or labels. Sunday’s sale will continue on a Southern note with lot 603, an early 19th century Southern yellow pine and birch huntboard, probably made in South Carolina and a selection of Federal sideboards including lot 577, a Petersburg Virginia inlaid mahogany sideboard and lot 541, a fine example probably made in Baltimore or Philadelphia. The final session will offer over one-hundred-and-thirty lots of coin, sterling and continental silver from the estate of Virginia Comer of Macon, Georgia and the estate of Professor Michael M. Finefrock of Charleston, South Carolina; highlights from Sunday afternoon’s silver selection include lot 729 a spectacular set of 12 Southern sterling goblets by Schofield, circa 1920; and lot 802, a massive French four-part silverplate mirrored plateau.