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Figural Jug

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Figural Jug

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John Fredrick Lehman (German, 1835-ca. 1883), designer and maker
Randall Mill, Randolph County, Alabama, 1860-1880, maker




Ash-glazed stoneware

Accession #



23 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 404


John Frederick Lehman’s jug is one of the largest, most vivid and elaborate characterizations on a figural vessel by a nineteenth-century Southern potter. The identity of the African male depicted on the jug is unknown, but the tight-fitting stocking cap and presumably gold earrings combine with a beautifully modeled tie, ruffled shirt, and well-tailored coat to convey a dashing character. Lehman cleverly signed this jug by impressing his own name onto the buttons of the figure’s coat.


Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment