E & M PerezEllen and Michael Perez

Large Pair Jugtown Candlesticks - Black Glaze - Mid Century - 13 1/2"

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Large pair of Jugtown ware thrown candlesticks, vintage, in black glossy glaze. Measure 13 1/2" high, 5" in diameter at base. The lip on the cup is about 2 1/4" in diameter, and narrows inside so it can hold various size candles. The form is hand thrown, ridges visible inside and out, and it is hollow all the way through the candlestick. Very large size for these candlesticks, and they are quite heavy, with a wide 5" base, so will be very stable for holding large candles. Glaze is black, fairly glossy, and is a bit more matte in appearance on the bases. Jugtown is a North Carolina pottery company, started in 1917 by Jacques and Juliana Busbee. They opened a tea room in the Village in New York, and utilized their wares in the restaurant, also selling original Jugtown items. Their interest in Asian ceramics was influential in their early designs of the "Chinese translation" wares, using both form and glazes to replicate early Chinese ceramic art forms. The candlesticks are an example of this influence, and the glaze is similar to the mirror black often seen in Chinese porcelain. These appear to date to the 1960s, when Jugtown was in full production and had hired some of the finest potters and glaze specialists in the art pottery field. The company is still in production, and several artisans who have descended from the original potters are now creating beautiful contemporary ceramics that are clearly influenced by those earliest efforts. The market for any of the Chinese translation pieces remains very strong. The candlesticks are in very good condition, minimal signs of wear and usage. There are some spots of wax in the cups and on the bases, and the bottoms have the remnants of felt coverings. A few tiny flakes show up on the outer edges, and there are also areas where some of the black glaze was not applied heavily, and some lighter color shows through. Some irregularities in the glaze are also evident, from the firing. For the Jugtown collector, these are really a fine addition, large and dramatic in the lovely glossy black glaze. Price is for pair, they are not sold separately.