NEW ENGLAND STONEWARE Auction Highlights

For many casual collectors of American antiques, American stoneware is perhaps typified by the pieces made in New York State and New England during the second half of the nineteenth century. Early Connecticut potters had been making stoneware mostly in the style of the well-known Manhattan potters since the eighteenth century; Boston area stoneware potters working in the latter part of that century leaned more toward an English style of production that included brown dips. But potters in New England eventually moved--as New York State and also New Jersey potters did--toward a fairly standardized style of straight-sided, rather finely-made vessels bearing decorations ranging from simple floral designs to wild decorations of animals or even more unusual subject matter. Perhaps the most widely acclaimed families of these sorts of potters were the Nortons in Bennington, Vermont, who were famous in their day for the quality of their ware, and who made vast amounts of stoneware bearing designs ranging from simple florals to outstanding animal motifs. Other potters from the time period working in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine were usually just as capable of producing outstanding designs on their ware, which collectors particularly cherish today.

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J & E Norton, Bennington, VT Stoneware Crock w/ Chicken Scene

Mark talks about an antique stoneware crock made at the famous Norton pottery in Bennington, Vermont, bearing an elaborate chicken scene decoration. It will be sold as part of our July 22, 2017 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Antique American Stoneware Jugs w/ Lion Decorations

Brandt displays two stoneware jugs of northeastern U.S. origin, made circa 1850's, each bearing the very rare and desirable design of a lion. The first, bearing the maker's mark JORDAN (made in Jordan, NY near Syracuse) features the profile of a roaring lion's head. The other, stamped with the famous mark, J & E NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT, features a lion scene reminiscent of Edward Hicks' Peaceable Kingdom paintings. These fantastic examples will be sold as part of our July 16, 2016 auction of American stoneware & redware.

J & E Norton, Bennington, Vermont, Antique Stoneware Deer

Brandt talks about a classic example of northeastern American stoneware from the second half of the nineteenth century: a four-gallon stoneware jug with cobalt deer scene, made at the very famous pottery of Julius and Edward Norton in Bennington, Vermont. It will be sold as part of our July 16, 2016 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Norton, Bennington, VT Stoneware Deer Churn

Luke displays an excellent example of stoneware from the beloved pottery of J & E Norton in Bennington, Vermont. This churn bears a classic Norton deer design--long a favorite with collectors--and is part of our March 19, 2016 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

J & E Norton, Bennington, VT Stoneware Cooler w/ Pastoral Scene

Mark talks about a fantastic example of stoneware made at the famous J. & E. Norton pottery in Bennington, Vermont, circa 1855: a six-gallon water cooler with a panoramic scene featuring four pheasants and a federal house. This exceptional piece of northeastern US stoneware will be sold as part of our March 19, 2016 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

J & E Norton, Bennington, Vermont Stoneware Water Cooler

Luke talks about a fantastic example of Norton (Bennington, VT) stoneware--a stoneware cooler with in-the-round decoration of an elaborate house, a deer, and a bird on stump. The work of the Nortons is beloved as some of the finest stoneware made in the United States. This cooler will be sold as part of our October 25, 2014 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.

Very Important Norton, Bennington, VT, Lion & Deer Scene Stoneware Cooler

Mark discusses one of the greatest examples of American stoneware we have ever offered: An elaborately-decorated water cooler bearing a lion and deer scene, stamped J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT. The work of the Nortons is highly prized, and the stoneware they produced is generally considered to be the gold standard of its type. The very elaborate scene on this example, which incorporates an incredibly rare lion design, makes it difficult to overstate the important of this example of the Norton's work. This water cooler is part of our July 19, 2014 Auction of Antique American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.

Early American Stoneware, Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Pottery, circa 1790

Brandt talks about Abraham Mead of Greenwich, Connecticut--a potter born in 1742--and the two examples of his work that we will be selling as part of our Fall 2013 Stoneware & Redware Pottery Auction, to be held November 2, 2013. Each of these was made circa 1790, and Brandt also displays a couple of early New Jersey or Manhattan examples as points of comparion.

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