TWO LARGE BROWN STONEWARE BARTMANN OR BELLARMINE BOTTLES, PROBABLY RHENISH OR POSSIBLY ENGLISH, LATE SEVENTEENTH-EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.Est. $600-$800
Sold: $720 ($600)
Each of ovoid form with turned neck and ridged handle, the larger with lower handle terminal of three impressed circles, each applied with a bearded mask and impressed with geometric devices, the beard of the mask on the larger jug centering a heart. Heights 12 ⅛ and 15 ⅜ inches.
Literature: The history of and difficulty in discerning between English and German brown stoneware is discussed in Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood, “Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America,” pp. 65-75, and a group of jugs similar to the offered lot, including three with impressed circular handle terminals, are illustrated on p. 68, fig. 3.