Face Jug, ca. 1870
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $7,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:39)
Folk Art, Furniture
Allan Katz Americana
GUEST: I was doing some work for this individual, and I had noticed several of them up on a shelf, and I commented that I really liked them. I ended up receiving one as a gift.
GUEST: Yeah. Well, all I know about it is it's referred to as a face jug.
APPRAISER: They are called face jugs. They're also called grotesque jugs. There's always a question on where one of these pieces are from, which state they're from: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia. This piece is not signed. It has a wonderful glaze to it, almost a metallic, reflective glaze to it. The teeth, do you know what they're made of?
GUEST: No, I have no idea.
APPRAISER: They're porcelain.
APPRAISER: And they would have been made out of a plate that was broken up, and then they used those as teeth.
GUEST: Oh, that's interesting.
APPRAISER: The porcelain had a higher firing temperature, so therefore they would not melt. So the artist wanted the teeth to be very jagged and very broken-looking. I'm going to say this is probably Georgia, but it is 19th century based on the glaze. Probably in the 1870 range. We're going to put a retail value on this piece in the $5,000 to $7,000 range.
GUEST: Wow. Are you kidding me?
APPRAISER: I'm not.
GUEST: I'm in shock.
APPRAISER: Well, that's good, we like shock every now and then.
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