A redware jug in our November 2005 sale
was purchased shortly before the auction by the consignor for under $20 at an antique shop. We identified the jug's origin and accurately cataloged it as a product of the Great Road potteries of Tennessee and Virginia. To the shock of the consignor, the jug realized $9,075.
The importance of both knowledge and proper marketing in the field of American antiques cannot be overstated. The difference in price between a piece attributed correctly to a specific maker and one cataloged with an unknown origin can literally be thousands of dollars. Likewise, the difference in price between an object that has been properly marketed and one that has not can be staggering. We have proven time and again that our knowledge, experience, long-standing relationships with buyers, and ability to attract new bidders results in a very strong auction environment.
This John W. Bell (Waynesboro, PA) redware whippet dog was purchased by the consignor for $3 at a flea market. With our outstanding market for high-end American redware and Shenandoah Valley pottery, it realized $41,800 in our May 2005 auction
We have been selling American antiques since 1983 and are the world's premier auction of antique American stoneware and redware pottery. Based on our unsurpassed knowledge of the art form, as well as our exceptional handling of your objects at every step of the auction process (advertising, cataloguing, photography, etc.), our sales have seen many world records set over the past several years.
We were consigned the John Hanson Family Archive as part of our first annual Maryland Sale
. We spent hundreds of hours painstakingly cataloguing the collection, which was given to us as a disorganized group of boxes. Many significant lots would have been sold as groups or box lots at other auction houses, but we rescued them from their many anonymous envelopes and realized significant prices throughout. A lot related to enslaved Baltimorean Patty Atavis brought $34,500.
The same philosophy we bring to the field of American utilitarian ceramics, we bring to the world of antiques and decorative arts, in general. 2011 saw us expand into general antiques auctions, all of which were very successful, and we continue with three antiques sales in 2012: two general auctions, and the next installment of our annual Maryland Sale. With a strong background in American antiques dating back decades, our established world auction records and long-standing relationships with the highest end of the decorative arts market, as well as our state-of-the-art, historic gallery, we are positioned to have a major impact in the field of American antiques.
Your items will receive the benefit of our extensive national advertising,
A woman in Florida was disposing of antiques her father had collected years ago. She nearly sold a stoneware bank of his for $60 at a yard sale, but was put in contact with us. We correctly attributed the bank to the Remmey family of Philadelphia, PA. It brought $39,600 in our May 2006 auction.
which includes the major antiques trade papers and multiple high-traffic websites, including this one, which has a large following. They will be exposed to our unsurpassed nationwide network of clients,
ranging from rabid collectors to high end folk art dealers. You owe it to yourself to entrust your pottery to the foremost experts in the field, and your antiques to one of the premier auction houses in the area.
It is easy and inexpensive to sell your pieces through Crocker Farm. HERE'S HOW:
• Contact us
(click here for our Contact Page
). Give us a call or send us an email.
This face pitcher would have been typically attributed to the Remmey potters of Philadelphia, but we were able to properly attribute it to the Bell family of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, yielding a $63,250 selling price in our March 2012 auction
• We will be happy to discuss your pottery and antiques with you, and will give you a free pre-auction evaluation of your items.
• If we feel that your pieces are a good fit for our auction and you want to consign them to us, you simply ship (or bring) your items to us and we take care of the rest! (We will walk you through the shipping process.)
• In cases of large collections or particularly valuable pieces, we can often pick up your items, regardless of your location, at no cost to you.
• We mail you a simple consignment contract for you to fill out and mail back to us.
A stoneware sugar bowl, sold in our November 2005 auction
, was purchased two years before at another prominent auction for $6,600. We were able to correctly attribute the bowl to the Mennonite potters of Rockingham County, Virginia, yielding a selling price of $22,550.
• That's all there is to it! Your pieces will be professionally photographed, described, and included in our acclaimed auction catalog, as well as multiple high-traffic online catalogs.
• The charge to you can be as low as 12.5%
of the selling price, with a nominal listing fee per lot.
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