Face Jug, ca. 1870

Value (2013) | $5,000 Retail$7,000 Retail

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.


Yeah. Well, all I know about it is it's referred to as a face jug.

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?

No, I have no idea.

They're porcelain.


And they would have been made out of a plate that was broken up, and then they used those as teeth.

Oh, that's interesting.

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.

Wow. Are you kidding me?

I'm not.

I'm in shock.

Well, that's good, we like shock every now and then.

Appraisal Details

Allan Katz Americana
Woodbridge, CT
Appraised value (2013)
$5,000 Retail$7,000 Retail
Detroit, MI (June 01, 2013)
Folk Art

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