Highly important Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania turned and painted sugar bowl
Highly important Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania turned and painted sugar bowl or spice cup and cover, dated 1861, inscribed Jared Stiely (Stiehly). The present example stands as the most ambitious of the known group of these lidded canisters that by tradition are believed to have been turned by Jared and decorated by his wife Elizabeth. Most made for the Stiehly family, Jared clearly chose to make a more dynamic example for himself. At 9 1/4" h. it stands taller than the others and the large bulbous body is a departure from the more neoclassical urn form. In addition, Elizabeth has filled the ivory ground with red and yellow flowers, fruit tree, and large strawberry bunch. It remains in near pristine condition. The example made for Jared's wife Elizabeth is illustrated in Henry Reed Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley, Fig. 23. Examples for Isaac and Lydia Stiehly are illustrated in Fig.45. The former was sold at Sotheby's Visual Grace: Important American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian, January 25, 2014, lot 518.
Excellent with only minor wear. Tight age crack to base.
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