This stoneware water cooler with an elaborately-incised federal eagle design realized $483,000 in our October 17 auction, the World Auction Record for American Stoneware.
Crocker Farm, Inc. is a family business, owned and operated by Anthony and Barbara Zipp and their three sons, Brandt, Luke, and Mark. Anthony and Barbara began collecting and studying American stoneware in 1977, and began selling it in 1983. They have handled thousands and thousands of pieces of antique American stoneware and redware since that time.
The origin of pieces marked H. MYERS remained a mystery for decades until we discovered that they were made in Baltimore for merchant Henry Myers and that Myers' chief potter was Henry Remmey, Sr. This Myers cooler brought $72,600 in our July 2004 auction.
Brandt, Luke, and Mark Zipp all have B.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, where they each graduated with multiple honors and were inducted into the nation's premiere scholastic honors society, Phi Beta Kappa. All three brothers grew up handling numerous pieces of American stoneware and redware from a very young age, and in this way their knowledge in the field has been said to be unmatched.
We have spent hundreds of hours conducting original research on American stoneware and redware potters in original, period sources, such as census records, city directories and newspapers. New information brought to light through our research includes ground-breaking revelations on Baltimore, MD stoneware and redware; the long-sought origin of "H. Myers" stoneware; important findings on the history of the prolific Remmey family of American potters (of New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore); significant contributions to the study of Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC stoneware; new findings in the areas of Shenandoah Valley pottery, Midwestern stoneware, New York City stoneware, and many more. Exhaustive research conducted by us on James Miller, potter of Alexandria, Virginia, took the surviving examples of his work out of obscurity, increasing the value of these vessels by thousands and thousands of dollars. In March 2010, Brandt revealed that Thomas Commeraw
, the famous Manhattan potter of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was actually a free African American, and his book on Commeraw's remarkable life will be completed soon. These are just a few of the important contributions we have made to the field of American utilitarian ceramics.
Articles published by us include:
Brandt revealed in 2010 that famous early NYC stoneware potter Thomas Commeraw was in fact a free African American. Brandt has spent a decade researching Commeraw and will soon be completing a book on his life. This jug, sold in July 2009, holds the World Auction Record for a piece of Commeraw's work, $28,750.
"Henry Remmey & Son, Late of New York: A Rediscovery of a Master Potter's Lost Years"
by Luke Zipp, Available in Ceramics in America 2004.
by Luke Zipp, Available in Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, Summer 2006. Download the entire article here.
"James Miller: Lost Potter of Alexandria, Virginia"
by Brandt Zipp and Mark Zipp, Available in Ceramics in America 2004.
"Washington, D.C. Stoneware"
by Brandt Zipp, Available in Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2010. Download the entire article here.
(Courtesy, the Autumn/Winter 2010 issue of Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Our auctions have seen some of the highest prices ever paid for American stoneware and redware. In addition to numerous outstanding highlights, the Baltimore water cooler with incised eagle design in our October 17, 2015 auction sold for $483,000: the World Auction Record for American stoneware! Our July 18, 2015 auction was the highest-grossing stoneware auction of all time, taking in over $1.2 Million.
World auction records
Without our research, this stoneware jar signed "J. MILLER / ALEX." would have brought a few hundred dollars at auction. We identified it as the work of obscure Alexandria, Virginia, potter James Miller. It realized $9,075 in our July 2004 auction.
held by us include:
The WORLD AUCTION RECORD for American Stoneware! (October 2015 auction
World Auction Record for New York Stoneware (July 2014 auction
World Auction Record for Baltimore Stoneware (July 2013 auction
World Auction Record for New York City Stoneware (July 2013 auction
World Auction Record for Virginia Pottery (by Lot) (July 2013 auction
World Auction Record for Albany, NY Stoneware (March 2009 auction
World Auction Record for an American Face Jug(July 2015 auction
World Auction Record for Anna Pottery (October 2014 auction
World Auction Record for Remmey Family Pottery (March 2015 auction
World Auction Record for Central Pennsylvania Stoneware (November 2006 auction
World Auction Record for Western Pennsylvania stoneware (July 2008 auction
World Auction Record for an Anna Pottery Pig Bottle (March 2013 auction
World Auction Record for Bell Family (Shenandoah Valley) Pottery (March 2012 auction
World Auction Record for Thomas Commeraw Stoneware (July 2009 auction
World Auction Record for Alexandria, VA Stoneware (March 2008 auction
Our full-color, high-quality auction catalogs include professional photos and detailed descriptions of every lot in each auction. Our catalogs serve not only as auction guides, but as valuable reference tools on American ceramics.
You might have noticed that we offer a wide variety of American stoneware and redware, ranging from New England and New York, to Virginia and the Southern U.S. states, to the potteries of America's Midwest. This always results in an exciting auction environment for all involved with high participation from all areas of American stoneware and redware collecting. Our high-quality, full-color auction catalogs, praised as the best the field has to offer, are essentially high-quality research texts and help to educate the collecting base on American utilitarian ceramics in general.
In August 2010, we acquired the historically and architecturally important Gorsuch Barn
(1841) in Sparks, Maryland, giving American stoneware and redware a first-class, state-of-the-art auction home.