ANTIQUE STONEWARE & REDWARE AUCTION
October 22, 2016
10 AM (Preview begins at 8 AM)
Preview: October 21 - 1 PM to 6 PM
15900 York Road
Sparks, MD 21152
Featuring over 550 Lots of Antique American Stoneware and Redware Pottery.
October 22, 2016 Auction Featured Photos
Fantastic Frog. Exceptional and Important Four-Gallon Presentation Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Decoration of a Leaping Frog, Inscribed "Frank Prouty", Stamped "NEW YORK STONEWARE CO. / FORT EDWARD, N.Y.", circa 1875. Frank Prouty was the son of long-time Fort Edward potter, George Prouty, and this jug would have been made for him when he was roughly eleven years old. This outstanding work, in its striking figural decoration, vibrant color, and folk art aesthetic, epitomizes the New York State stoneware craft of the period, and is certainly one of the finest examples of northeastern figural-decorated stoneware we have ever handled.
Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Rooster Decoration, Stamped "GEDDES, N.Y.," William H. Farrar, Geddes, NY, third quarter 19th century. With exceptional detail, size, and color to the decoration, this jug is one of the finest rooster-decorated stoneware pieces we have ever offered. Farrar includes his distinctive heavily-slip-trailed base below the bird, in this case possibly representing something more specific than usual, possibly a nest or basket.
Cortland Cat. Extremely Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Cat Face Decoration, attributed to Madison Woodruff, Cortland, NY, circa 1868. This decoration is the most coveted of all Cortland stoneware motifs and, in a broader sense, is regarded as an iconic American stoneware design, admired for its wonderful folk art style.
Spectacular Snake Jug. Outstanding Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Figural Decoration, attributed to Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, Texarkana, AR, circa 1885. This recently-discovered work features entwined snakes surrounding a large lizard, a beetle, a centipede, a hornet, a molded fly, and a turtle. Rare decorative elements in the form of African-American and Caucasian faces appear on opposing sides of the vessel. The surface of the jug is covered in a salt glaze with an underlying Albany slip coating to the rustic-carved body and manganese highlights throughout the figural decorations.
This jug is closely-related in form and subject matter to examples produced by Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna, IL. While the use of snakes and animals to ornament the jug are clear links to the Anna style, the use of an African-American head has also been observed on at least one signed Kirkpatrick temperance jug produced during the 1860s. The juxtaposition of this face with a second Caucasian face, as seen on this jug, is most unusual. Of lesser note is the applied beetle near the shoulder, which appears to be modeled after a larger insect sculpture made by the Kirkpatricks, known as the "Cairo Humbug".
The strong likeness of the snakes to those created by the Kirkpatrick brothers suggests the maker of this jug was highly familiar with their work, possibly a previous employee. The refined modeling of their heads and bodies can be linked to the hand of the "Texarkana Pottery Man", Jacob Bachley. Snakes of the style seen on this jug can be observed on two temperance flasks made by Bachley, which were sold through Crocker Farm, Inc. in 2005 and 2012.
This jug is a significant addition to a slowly-growing body of temperance stoneware pieces produced throughout the Central and Southcentral U.S. during the 1870 to 1890 time period. The craftsmanship of this example further validates Bachley as a master ceramic folk artist.
Important Dave Discovery. Early Alkaline-Glazed Double-Handled Stoneware Jug, Incised "Dave" and Impressed "C"', Dave at the John or Abner Landrum Potteries, Horse Creek Valley or Pottersville, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1825-1840. This jug presents possible new insight into the incised "horseshoe" markings found on Dave's Stony Bluff products of later years. The impressed, rotated letter "C" at the jug's base suggests that the potter's so-called incised "horseshoe" marking, found on so many of his pieces, is actually a later iteration of a C stamp used earlier in his career. Dave probably chose to incise the C on subsequent pieces simply because he no longer had access to the stamp. Carl Steen's archaeological studies of the Reverend John Landrum site have determined that the C stamp was used at his pottery and was one of the rarest letter stamps employed there. While Dave was owned by John Landrum during the 1840s, the distinctive handle applications on this jug, which involve the handles terminating into the spout itself, suggest an earlier period of manufacture. The jug's handle attachment, lesser-known in Edgefield stoneware production, is exhibited on an important jug bearing an incised 1821 date and attributed to Abner Landrum's Pottersville manufactory, where Dave was employed early in his career. This jug is the first example of signed Dave stoneware we are aware of to include an impressed letter in the style of Edgefield's first stoneware operations. The rarity and importance of this jug is compounded by its elusive double-handled jug form. Double-handled jugs remain one of the most prized utilitarian forms of the American South and only a few examples signed by Dave are known. This exciting, recently-surfaced piece by Edgefield's premier potter may be regarded as Dave's earliest signed work in existence.
Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Seated Lion Decoration, Stamped "J. BURGER. JR. / ROCHESTER. N.Y.", circa 1885. The lion motif remains one of the most iconic of Northeastern U.S. stoneware designs. The animal's seated stance on this churn is highly unusual among known Burger family products. H 20".
Exceptional Figural Decoration. Possibly Unique Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of a Hatted Rider with Whip atop a Horse, Stamped "M. TYLER. MANUFACTURER / WASHINGTON .ST .ALBANY.", New York State origin, circa 1835. This design is exceedingly rare in American stoneware production in general and virtually unknown in the potting tradition of Albany, which typically utilized incised fish and bird motifs on its best work. H 12 3/4".
Baltimore Bird. Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1820. Very few Baltimore stoneware jugs are known with decoration of any sort, and this example is first we have seen featuring an incised design by the Remmey family. H 11 1/2".
Edgefield Discovery. Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug with Glazed Kaolin Eyes and Teeth, Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield District, South Carolina origin, circa 1870. This recent discovery was likely produced early in the output of face vessels at Miles Mill. The spout lacks the flattened molding distinctive to Miles Mill pieces. In addition, this example displays a more ovoid form and features glazing to the eyes, traits uncommon to the majority of Miles Mils face vessels known. Literature: An example by the same hand or school of craftsmanship is pictured on p. 80 of Baldwin's Great and Noble Jar and resides in the collection of the Charleston Museum, Charleston, SC. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the same source as lot #209 in our October 17, 2015 auction and lot #354 in our March 19, 2016 auction. H 6".
Important and Possibly Unique Stoneware Puzzle Mug with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. This outstanding work is the only American stoneware example of a puzzle mug in the English style that we are aware of, produced at one of the nation's most well-known and collected pottery operations. Typical English puzzle mugs utilize a piercing in the body of the vessel that connects to a hollow handle, which then leads to an opening to drink from near the top. This example, however, is pierced with a small hole directly through the wall of the mug and handle base. One of the most interesting pieces from the Remmeys' Philadelphia period that we have ever offered. Provenance: Christie's, Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Flanders Smith, June 3, 1995, Lot 207. H 6 1/2".
Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Peacock Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865. The peacock motif is considered one of the rarest and most desirable bird designs employed at the Cowden & Wilcox Pottery. The decoration on this example features scarce application with a slip cup, creating a design that is crisp, bold, and dark. One of the finest Harrisburg bird decorations we have ever offered.
Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Bird-on-Flower Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER", New York State origin, circa 1860. Exceptional size and decoration. H 14 1/8".
Significant Southern Discovery. Possibly Unique Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Tea Canister, Inscribed "Mistress Harmitage / her Cannister / Made By Philip / Anthony 1795", Kentucky origin, 1795. This recently-surfaced work is distinguished as one of the earliest dated ceramic objects of Southern manufacture known. Comparison of the signature of Philip Anthony with a period document verifies the identity of the canister's maker. According to Tennessee Potteries, Pots, and Potters ..., by Samuel D. Smith and Stephen T. Rogers, Anthony--who would later found his long-standing pottery in Nashville--began his career in Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky, appearing there by 1800. This piece was made by Anthony when he was about 21 years of age. Coupled with the rarity of its maker and period of production is its form. Few American redware tea canisters are known. This six-sided example is potted with a fine, thin-walled construction and includes later cold-painted scenes on two sides. Provenance: Ex-Clark Garrett. H 6 1/2".
Very Rare One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher, Stenciled "BOYERS & HARDEN / PALATINE / W VA", circa 1875. This example, one of a small number of Palatine pitchers known, features unusually vibrant cobalt slip. H 11 1/4".
Extremely Rare and Important Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher with People Decoration, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860. Featuring three women within a sponge-decorated border on one side and a man holding a rifle on the reverse, this work is one of a small number of people pitchers from the region known. The group of women appear to highlight a sampling of different female figural motifs employed at the Thompson Pottery, as one wears a train, another with different head covering holds a hat, and a third carries a parasol. The pitcher's collar is decorated on one side with foliate motifs executed in overlain or superimposed cobalt, a distinctive Morgantown decorative technique. The opposite side features a sponge-decorated cartouche. One of the rarest examples of Morgantown stoneware we have ever offered.
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Woman and Parasol Decoration, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860-1865. Relatively few people-decorated jugs from Morgantown are known.
West Virginia Rarity. Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration and "1833" Date, Stamped "J. MILLER / WHEELING, VA", 1833. Attesting to this object's rarity is the fact that it is only the second signed example of James Miller, Wheeling pottery that we have ever offered, the other being an undecorated jug sold in our July 18, 2015 auction. An outstanding and particularly early example of Ohio River Valley stoneware, made over twenty-five years before the inception of the state of West Virginia. Its extreme rarity is complemented by strong decorative appeal in its form, color, and boldly-brushed date.
Exceedingly Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Centennial Date, Stenciled "S. JONES / POTTERY / NICKLEVILLE, PA", 1876. According to Herbert Charles Bell's 1890 book, "History of Venango County, Pennsylvania", Samuel Jones (1820-1892) established a stoneware manufactory in Pleasantville, Venango County, PA in 1850 with a man named Daniel H. Parker. In the 1870 and 1880 federal censuses, he appears in the vicinity of Nickleville as a farmer and a brick maker, respectively. His father, also named Samuel, and brother, Timothy S., were also potters, the latter operating a stoneware manufactory in Akron, OH. This jar is the only signed example of Samuel Jones stoneware we are aware of. Its centennial date and descent in the family of the potter himself indicates it may have been a specially-made object.
Bennington Beauty. Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Exuberant Flowering Urn, House, and Fence Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", Incised "Benning / Bennington", circa 1855. This wonderfully-decorated jar features an oversized flowering urn in bold, thickly-applied cobalt characteristic of this manufactory's best work. Indicating this jar was most likely a specially-made or presentation piece is the highly unusual, hand-incised inscription on the underside, which reads "Benning / Bennington". H 15".
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Running Zebra, Stamped "WEST TROY / N.Y. / POTTERY", New York State origin, circa 1875.
Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Large Cobalt Pheasant-on-Stump Decoration, Stamped "HAXSTUN, OTTMAN & CO. / FORT EDWARD, NY", circa 1875.
Fine Snow Hill Nunnery Redware Bowl, attributed to John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840. Provenance: Originally found among the contents of the Snow Hill Nunnery near Quincy, Franklin County, PA, and sold at Horst Auction in 1997. Diameter 10 3/4".
Outstanding Large-Sized Redware Charger with Slip Decoration, Philadelphia, PA origin, early to mid 19th century. This charger is the finest and largest example of the form that we have offered to date. Diameter 15 5/8".
Fine and Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1820. Excellent form, size, and decoration, and one of only two examples of its kind we are aware of.
Scarce Stoneware Flask with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1830. H 8 1/4".
Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Handled Bowl with Cobalt Clover Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1870. The first of its form from this profilic pottery city that we have seen.
Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA"' circa 1870.
Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Swan Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA". A desirable motif from this well-loved Central Pennsylvania maker.
Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "SUGAR VALLEY / PA.", John Gerstung, Clinton County, PA, circa 1875. An elusive and desirable Central Pennsylvania maker's mark.
Extremely Rare One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug, Stamped "ALBANY WARE", William Capron, Albany, NY, circa 1800-1805.
Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Bird Decoration, Stamped "WARNE & LETTs 1806 / S.AMBOY.N.JERSY", Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts, South Amboy, NJ, 1806.
Fine and Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Fish, Morgan and Van Wickle, Old Bridge, NJ or possibly Thomas Warne, South Amboy, NJ, circa 1810's. The oval coggled designs on this example show up on shards or signed work from three different New Jersey potteries: Morgan and Van Wickle (Old Bridge), the Bissett pottery (Old Bridge), and Thomas Warne (South Amboy). The fish medallion on this jug, however, is most closely related to a similar eagle stamp that was found as part of Old Bridge excavations during the 20th century, and the jug as a whole seems to line up well with an eagle-decorated jug discussed by early Old Bridge researchers Robert J. Sim and James Brown in their correspondence. It is possible, given its overall similarity to some signed "T. WARNE" examples, that this jug was actually produced by Warne in South Amboy, but it is much more probably an Old Bridge product.
Very Rare Diminutive Stoneware Presentation Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Inscribed "J. WATHEIS / 1862", Northeastern U.S. Origin, 1862. Excellent size, form, and decoration.
Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to John D. Heatwole or Emmanuel Suter, Rockingham County, VA, circa 1851.
Very Fine One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1840
Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "BROWN / No. 271 / WATER STREET / N. YORK", attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. This jar is considered important among the body of surviving Commeraw oyster jars in that it is the only documented example bearing advertising for this particular merchant.
Very Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "DANIEL / JOHNSON. AND. Co No 27 / LUMBER STREET / N. YORK", attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, circa 1805. Jars bearing the name "DANIEL JOHNSON & CO" were made for the prominent African-American oysterman, Daniel Johnson, by the African-American potter, Thomas Commeraw.
Fine and Scarce Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Fruit Jar, Stamped "PLUMBS" and "C. CROLIUS / MANUFACTURER / MANHATTAN-WELLS / NEW-YORK", early 19th century.
Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Drape Decoration, Stamped "J. REMMEY / MANHATTAN-WELLS / NEW YORK," early 19th century. his jar is the first example from the Remmey family's Manhattan period that we have seen featuring an incised Federal drape motif.
Very Rare Norwalk, CT Fire Department Stoneware Mug, impressed, "HOPE HOSE CO / NO 2 / NORWALK / W HADDEN". Highly unusual and desirable subject matter.
Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, late 18th century. A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago; previously purchased directly from the Mead family.
Very Fine Half-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, late 18th century. A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago; previously purchased directly from Mead family.
Rare Photograph of the S. Bell Pottery, Strasburg, VA, Allentown Photographic Studio, circa 1930. This iconic photo is pictured in Alvin H. Rice and John Baer Stoudt's groundbreaking 1929 book, The Shenandoah Pottery. The fact that Alvin Rice lived in the Allentown, PA area suggests that he may have had the original S. Bell Pottery photo or a negative, which was copied by a local studio in small quantities around the time of his book's publication.
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