John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Exceedingly rare and important stoneware jar with scalloped rim and cobalt floral decoration. Incised "J.Q. Adams / Wm. A. Gay," Stamped "W GAY / UTICA," N.Y. State origin, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and outstanding scallop-carved rim, the front decorated with a brushed leaning floral motif surrounded by numerous dashes of cobalt. William Gay made this jar to commemorate the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, who served from 1825 to 1829. In the Election of 1824 against Andrew Jackson, Adams was successful throughout most Northeast, including New York, where this jar was made. Relatively few examples of American stoneware with President's names have survived. This example was produced relatively early in the country's history. Excellent condition with a 1 1/2" vertical line at the base and a tiny nick to the interior of the rim.