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Face Jug

ca. 1974 Evan Javan Brown, Sr. Born: Buckhead, Georgia 1897 Died: North Carolina 1980 glazed stoneware 7 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (18.1 x 12.9 x 14 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.27 Not currently on view


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Davis P. Brown, the founder of Brown's Pottery and Javan's brother, made the company's first devil jug in the early 1920s, which he placed outside the store's door to attract attention. Javan Brown probably crafted this face jug in his own workshop in Valdese, North Carolina. He made the teeth from pieces of broken plate, and used a thick black glaze to emphasize the face's ugly features.

Keywords

Figure - fragment - face

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

ceramic - stoneware

About Evan Javan Brown, Sr.

Born: Buckhead, Georgia 1897 Died: North Carolina 1980