This is among a handful of exuberantly decorated redware jars that can be attributed to Edward William Farrar of Middlebury, Vermont. This jar’s lively ornamentation suggests Farrar’s desire to demonstrate not only his mastery of various potting techniques but also his eye for artful, spirited design. The crimped ridges around the neck echo the incised wavy lines and curving swaths of dark green glaze on the body. He created further textural interest with rhythmically-spaced bands of decoration formed with a coggle wheel—a tool to make indentations or grooves. This jar is one of relatively few known examples of New England redware in this sprightly ruffle-necked form, one now firmly associated with this maker.
From the 2019 exhibition American Art, Colonial to Modern, curated by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art
American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.
American Folk Art at the Hood Museum of Art (a thematic partial permanent gallery installation); Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, July 16, 2015.
A private collection in Massachusetts; to an anonymous private dealer; to The Stradlings, New York, New York (Diana and J. Garrison Stradling, dealers); sold to present collection, 2013.
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