J. S. Taft and Company (James Scholly Taft and James Burnap), Keene, NH, 2 gallon stoneware jug circa 1870.
Ancient Han dynasty Chinese earthenware jar with impressed decoration. Han Dynasty, Giao Chie period, 1st to 3rd century. Height 13 inches, width 16.5 inches. To see a similar example please see: Arts of Asia, Volume 41, Number 4 (August 2011), page 95, (13). This jar was previously sold by J. J. Lally & Co., New York, inventory 2601. James Lally has been an active participant in the Chinese art market for more than 50 years. He was a director of Chinese works of art at Sotheby’s in New York and Hong Kong from 1970, and in 1983 he was named president of Sotheby’s in North America. In 1986 he founded J. J. Lally & Co. and mounted an exhibition which was sold out in the first week. Link to one of his lectures in 2011.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CijiYxZh1qQj
Stoneware 19th century 2 gallon jug stamped J. S. Taft & Co. Keene N.H. Cobalt blue flower design. One fine age line in handle. James Scholly Taft and his uncle, James Burnap, who sold pottery under this stamp from 1871-1874. Height is 14.5".
Stoneware 4-gallon jug with cobalt floral decoration made by Ottman Brothers Company, Fort Edward, NY. One small chip at the neck rim and a small firing line in the base rim. Height 19.25 inches.
George A. Satterlee and Michael Morty, Fort Edward, NY, 2-gallon stoneware jug circa 1859-1885. Deep cobalt blue decoration. Very good condition. Measures 14 inches high.