The work of brothers Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick in Anna, Illinois--sold under their moniker, "Anna Pottery"--is essentially unparalleled in American stoneware. Visionaries who created masterpieces of American folk art, the Kirkpatricks are famous for wild creations that often comment on the perceived dangers of alcohol consumption--their ware commonly used as a container for whiskey, gin, and other spirits. Their pig flasks and snake jugs are chief examples of these vessels, and are the forms for which the brothers are probably most well known. We hold the World Auction Record for one of their pig bottles, a very famous and beloved American stoneware form.
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Very Rare Anna Pottery Horace Greeley Pig Bottle
Mark talks about one of three known Anna Pottery "Horace Greeley" pig flasks, which is included as part of our March 1, 2014 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery. The Kirkpatrick Brothers of Anna, Illinois, are perhaps most famous for their pig bottles. Quick to incorporate politics or social commentary into their work when it suited them, the Kirkpatricks took aim at important 19th century political figure and presidential candidate Horace Greeley on this exceptional example.
Important Anna Pottery Snake Jug w/ Civil War and Slavery Motifs
Mark discusses the finest example of Anna Pottery (of Anna, Illinois) we have ever handled, a temperance jug featuring Union soldiers, the face of a slave, and what may be President Abraham Lincoln being gobbled up by snakes. Very rare and highly valued by scholars and collectors even at their most basic, this version of the Kirkpatrick Brothers' elaborate, large snake jugs is one of the most rife with American historical content in existence. This important, museum quality example will be offered as part of our March 1, 2014 auction of American stoneware & redware.
Group of Antique Anna Pottery, Kirkpatrick Brothers, Anna, Illinois
Mark discusses a very fine selection of Anna Pottery stoneware we will be selling as part of our March 2, 2013 stoneware & redware pottery auction.
Antique Stoneware Folk Art Snake Jug, Anna Pottery (Illinois) or Texarkana Pottery (Arkansas)
Mark talks about an important American stoneware temperance jug. Snake jugs play off the concept of the evils of alcohol consumption, are considered tour-de-forces of American folk art. This one would usually be attributed to Anna Pottery (the Kirkpatrick Brothers of Anna, Illinois), but various aspects point to the related Texarkana Pottery of Texarkana, Arkansas. This will be offered as part of our November 3, 2012 stoneware auction.
Anna Pottery Aquarium Castle (Kirkpatrick Bros., Anna, Illinois)
Mark talks about an extremely rare and fine, large-sized aquarium castle made by Anna Pottery in Anna, Illinois, circa 1875. A coveted form in American stoneware, this is one of the finest known, and will be sold as part of our November 3, 2012 stoneware auction.
Anna Pottery (Anna, Illinois) Abraham Lincoln "Death Mask"
Mark talks about a remarkable example of American pottery: a salt-glazed stoneware Abraham Lincoln head signed "Anna Pottery / 1877." Made by the Kirkpatrick Bros. in Anna, Illinois, these very rare pieces are referred to as Lincoln "Death Masks," but are more likely modeled after a living President Lincoln. This will be sold as part of our November 3, 2012 stoneware auction.
Anna Pottery Snake Temperance Jug, circa 1875
Mark talks about one of the finest examples of Anna Pottery--made by the Kirkpatrick Brothers (Wallace & Cornwall K.) in Anna, Illinois--we have ever handled. This "temperance jug"--meant to play off the concept of the evils of alcohol--is one of a group of rare, elaborate jugs featuring people being tormented by frightening creatures, particularly snakes. It will be sold as part of our July 21, 2012 stoneware & redware pottery auction.
Midwestern Stoneware Log Cabin Group (probably Anna Pottery)
Mark discusses lot 23 in our October 29, 2011 auction--an incredible stoneware log cabin group apparently Midwestern and recently discovered in Illinois.