Published: July 19, 2022
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A 14½-inch-tall, olive-green glazed jug, made by enslaved black potter Dave Drake (b circa 1800s, d after 1873) and attributed to the Lewis Miles Stoneware Manufactory in Edgefield, S.C., led the parade of lots at Brunk Auctions’ Emporium and Premier sales on July 14-16. Interest in the jug saw exuberant bidding between private collectors and institutions, with an institution prevailing at $73,800, against another institution. The piece was signed “Dave,” dated “March 14, 1852,” and marked “LM;” it had been in a private collection in North Carolina and cited in Arthur F. Goldberg and James P. Witkowski’s article, “Beneath His Magic Touch: The Dated Vessels of the African-American Slave Potter Dave,” which appeared in the 2006 volume of Ceramics in America. Prices quoted include the buyer’s premium as reported; a more extensive review will appear in a future issue.
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