SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • ON TOUR
  • WATCH ONLINE
  • WEB EXCLUSIVES
  • RESOURCES
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Thomas Commereau Stoneware Jug

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 21, 1999

    Appraised in: Providence, Rhode Island

    Appraised by: John Hays

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Finders Keepers (#1720)
    Providence (#407)

    Originally Aired: February 21, 2000

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 1  

    More Like This:

    Form: Jug
    Material: Stoneware
    Period / Style: 18th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

    Comment

    Appraisal Video: (1:51)

    appraiser

    Appraised By:

    John Hays
    Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture, Paintings & Drawings, Silver
    Deputy Chairman
    Christie's

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: Tell us how you found this stoneware piece.

    GUEST: I dig old bottle dumps.

    APPRAISER: What is a bottle dump?

    GUEST: It's where the old wagons used to turn and make a turn and get rid of their garbage. Instead of feeding the rats near their house, they'd rather feed the critters, and they'd throw their bottles and everything out of the way there. They didn't use their land for it. So it was sort of a dump. I used a pick and I drove it into the ground real slow and I hit something and I pulled it out and I turned the pick over and I dug it out and then I hit the crock, and I didn't know what it was. I couldn't find the end of it.

    APPRAISER: Did you ever have it appraised or have someone look at it?

    GUEST: Yes, I had someone look at it and he offered me $400 for it.

    APPRAISER: Well, it is in fact a stoneware jug. Do you know who made it?

    GUEST: Corlears Hook, I believe.

    APPRAISER: It's a great old ceramic body, salt-glazed stoneware. They threw salt in a kiln to get this wonderful mottled surface, and in fact, it does say Corlears Hook, but that is not the guy who made it. That's the place in which it was made. This is the mark of Thomas Commereau, who is a stoneware potter from the Lower East Side of New York City. He made these jugs at the end of the 18th century, and he's known for these early ovoid shapes. And if you smell it, there's even a linseed oil smell that's coming out of it, and that's what we think these jugs were used for. You had it appraised for $400, and its actual worth is $3,000 to $5,000.

    GUEST: Wow, that's beautiful.

    APPRAISER: Isn't that great?

    GUEST: It's a ten-minute dig. (laughing)



    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube