ANNA POTTERY Auction Highlights

The Springfield Hog: Important Anna Pottery Pig Flask.

$35,650

The Springfield Hog: Important Anna Pottery Pig Flask.

WORLD AUCTION RECORD, ANNA POTTERY PIG BOTTLE

03/02/2013

Anna Pottery Pig Bottle / Railroad Flask, Anna, Illinois, 1888

$23,100

Anna Pottery Pig Bottle / Railroad Flask, Anna, Illinois, 1888

WORLD AUCTION RECORD, ANNA POTTERY PIG BOTTLE (Salt-Glazed Version)

07/17/2004

Anna Pottery (Kirkpatrick Bros.)

$21,850

Anna Pottery (Kirkpatrick Bros.) "Shoo Fly" Jug

WORLD AUCTION RECORD, ANNA POTTERY SHOO FLY JUG

05/19/2007

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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Anna Pottery Face Pipe Referencing the Modoc War in CA, 1873

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Important Anna Pottery Pig Bottle w/ Political Inscription and Glass Eyes

Luke discusses one of the finest Anna Pottery pig flasks we have handled over the years: an 1882 example with extremely rare glass eyes and the inscription, "1882 a verry (sic) health year for Democrats" (referencing that year's Congressional midterm elections, in which the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives). This great example will be sold as part of our March 19, 2016 auction of stoneware & redware pottery.

Anna Pottery Centennial Snake Jug

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Anna Pottery Railroad Conductor Pitcher, 1884

Luke talks about an important example of Anna Pottery--a pitcher modeled in the form of a railroad conductor, inscribed "Here's to Paps Heath" and signed and dated 1884. "Paps Heath" probably refers to Marvin Heath, a well-known conductor during the time period. While the inscription was inscrutable for decades, through his research Luke was able to uncover this new information. This pitcher will be sold as part of our October 25, 2014 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.

Anna Pottery Snake Whiskey Flask / Jug, 1884

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Anna Pottery Salt-Glazed Stoneware Snake Jug

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Very Rare Anna Pottery Horace Greeley Pig Bottle

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Antique Stoneware Folk Art Snake Jug, Anna Pottery (Illinois) or Texarkana Pottery (Arkansas)

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Anna Pottery Aquarium Castle (Kirkpatrick Bros., Anna, Illinois)

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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)

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