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Lot 249

Exhibited West Tennessee 10 Gallon Pottery Jar, Attrib. Craven

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

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Exhibited West Tennessee (Henderson County) ten-gallon stoneware pottery jar attributed to Tinsley W. Craven. Oval-shaped with ear handles and a crimped or raised band encircling the middle with wave design, joining both halves of the jar. Incised "10" below the rim denoting capacity. 21" H. Note: This jar was exhibited in the MADE IN TENNESSEE exhibition at the Tennessee Fine Art Center at Cheekwood, Nashville, 1971. It is featured on page 44 of the exhibition catalog as Figure 123. Biographical note: The Cravens were important potters in the Piedmont area of NC and are best known for their salt-glazed stoneware (See Smith and Rogers' Survey of Historic Pottery Making in Tennessee and Turners and Burners by Charles Zug). Around 1829, Thomas Craven (b. 1775, NC) and his family moved out of North Carolina. He and three of his sons, Balaam, John M., and Solomon moved to Clarke Co. GA. His other two sons, William R. and Tinsley W., along with his brother-in-law, John Fesmire, moved to Tennessee. They can be found in the 1830 Henderson Co. census. Tinsley W. Craven died in Henderson Co. in 1860. Research courtesy of Carole Wahler.

The collection of Richard H. and Kathleen L. Hulan.


Overall very good condition. Old tight spider beneath one handle, approximately 3". Some scattered firing flaws and salt glaze runs.