New York's stoneware craft dates all the way back to the first quarter of the eighteenth century. Though we sold what was probably the product of one of these early potters in early 2012, New York stoneware from before the 1790's is extremely rare. Instead, the City stoneware we have come to know as classic Manhattan stoneware dates from around 1795 to 1820 or so. The key potters during this period were basically Clarkson Crolius, Thomas Commeraw, and John Remmey--Crolius and Remmey being direct descendants of some of the first New York stoneware potters, and Commeraw being, remarkably, a free African American potter who eventually left for the west coast of Africa. We achieved the World Auction Record for Commeraw's work in 2009, and our own Brandt Zipp--who discovered Commeraw's true identity--is currently authoring a book on this remarkable American. (To see highlights of later Manhattan items made in the predominant style of the mid-19th century and beyond--for example, by William MacQuoid--see our New York State Stoneware Highlights page.)
★ New York City Stoneware-Related Videos:
Antique (Late 18th / Early 19th Century) New York City Stoneware Ring Flask
Mark discusses a fantastic example of early Manhattan stoneware that is part of our March 1, 2014 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery: a heavily-incised stoneware ring flask, a very rare form, probably made by the famous Crolius family of New York City potters.
Important New York City Stoneware John Bull Jug
Luke talks about an important new discovery in early Manhattan stoneware: a jug apparently depicting "John Bull" (basically the British equivalent of Uncle Sam). Rendered as a reclining anthropomorphic bull smoking a pipe, the jug is probably a commentary on the British consumption of an American crop. It will be sold as part of our March 1, 2014 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.
Very Important New York City Stoneware Pottery Lion Pitcher (18th / Early 19th Century)
Mark discusses a very important new discovery in American stoneware, an early Manhattan stoneware pitcher bearing the incised design of a lion. This is only the second example of New York City stoneware we have seen bearing this sort of design, the other being an iconic jar in the collection of Yale University. The lion may be a patriotic British sentiment fashioned prior to the American Revolution, or a later (circa late 18th century) creation inspired by popular animal shows of the time period. This is one of the finest examples of the work of the cherished New York City potters to surface in quite some time, and it is part of our upcoming March 1, 2014 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.
Early Manhattan / New York City Stoneware Ring Jug, Crolius / Remmey Families
Mark discusses an early Manhattan stoneware "ring jug," an exceptionally rare form in American stoneware, probably made for New York City ship captain Daniel Merritt in the early 19th century. This important example will be sold as part of July 20, 2013 landmark Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
Very Important New York / 1802 Stoneware Eagle Jar
Mark discusses one of the finest examples of early Manhattan / New York City stoneware that we have ever handled: a small-sized jar bearing an elaborate incised federal eagle, with the inscription, "NEW YORK" and dated October 25, 1802. An apparent product of the venerated Remmey and Crolius families, this jar bears what we believe to be the earliest known depiction of a federal eagle on American stoneware. It will be sold as part of our landmark July 20, 2013 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
Clarkson Crolius, New York City, Stoneware Pottery Pitcher, circa 1810
Mark talks about one of the finest examples of revered potter Clarkson Crolius's work to be sold at auction in quite some time: a large-sized pitcher with incised foliate design. The most famous of the renowned Manhattan potters, Crolius's contemporaries included Thomas W. Commeraw and John Remmey III. This pitcher will be sold on March 2, 2013 as part of our first stoneware auction of the year.
Important Thomas Commeraw Stoneware Jar, circa 1800
Brandt talks about an interesting piece of Thomas Commeraw's work: a transitional example between his earlier freehand-incised pottery and his later work adorned with impressed crescents and other designs. For those unfamiliar with Commeraw, he was a free African American who potted on New York's Lower East Side from around 1796-1820. Brandt is completing a book on Commeraw's remarkable life and work, and you can read more about it at http://www.commeraw.com . This example will be sold on March 2, 2013 as part of our important early 2013 antique American stoneware & redware pottery auction.
Antique New York Stoneware St. Patrick's Day 1808 Jug
Mark discusses a remarkable example of early American stoneware, probably made in Manhattan, bearing an elaborate incised bird and dated March 17, 1808 (St. Patrick's Day). One of the most important pieces of New York City stoneware to surface in recent years, it will be offered as part of our November 3, 2012 stoneware auction.
Thomas Commeraw Early COERLEARS HOOK (NYC) 18th Century Stoneware Jar
Brandt discusses one of the finest examples of African-American New York City potter Thomas Commeraw's work to have surfaced in recent years: a circa late 1790's stoneware pottery jar bearing his early maker's mark, and decorated with a bright blue, incised freehand design. Brandt's book on Commeraw will be completed soon. This particular example will be selling as part of our exciting Summer 2012 Stoneware & Redware Auction, to be held July 21.
Early Antique American New York City / New Jersey Stoneware Jar, circa 1750
Brandt discusses what is one of the more important early American stoneware discoveries of the last few decades: one of the earliest and most heavily-decorated intact pieces of American stoneware. Very possibly the earliest example of New York City stoneware known, it was made in Manhattan by the Crolius and Remmey potters, or by one of their associates in New Jersey. This jar will be sold on March 3, 2012 as part of our Landmark March 2012 Stoneware & Redware Auction.