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. Potters there eventually moved toward a 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. It is pieces bearing the latter sorts of designs that tend to command the highest prices, as you can see by our auction highlights above. Interspersed with these later examples you will find the earlier, often incised, work of these potters--frequently influenced by Manhattan stoneware of the eighteenth century and beyond. This includes the memorial jug we sold in early 2011 for $138,000: the highest price ever paid at a stoneware specialty auction.
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New York Stoneware Presentation Flower Pot / Urn
Mark talks about an elaborately-decorated, large-sized flower pot made by William E. Warner in West Troy (now Watervliet), New York. This outstanding example of antique New York stoneware will be sold in our March 3, 2012 auction.
Exceptional Antique Stoneware Horse Crock
Mark discusses a Fort Edward, New York, stoneware crock with one of the more elaborate figural designs you will see on American stoneware. To be sold March 3, 2012.
Antique New York Stoneware Four-Handled Jug
Mark discusses the diminutive, four-handled stoneware jug we will be selling as part of our March 3, 2012 auction. A profusely-decorated rare form in a desirable size, it was made in New York State.