Philadelphia stoneware is almost synonymous with the work of the Remmey family, who arrived in the city in the late 1820's. The pottery of Henry Harrison Remmey and his son, Richard Clinton Remmey, is today prized by collectors--particularly their incised stoneware made in the same vein as earlier Manhattan and Baltimore Remmey products. (See, for instance, the bird banks we sold in 2006 and 2012 for around $40,000 and $30,000, respectively.) While the Remmeys did certainly dominate the Philadelphia stoneware scene for most of the nineteenth century, there were nonetheless many competitors making stoneware in a similar style: people like Thomas Haig, John Brelsford, and Aaron Radley, examples of whose rare work you will also see above.
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Richard C. Remmey (Philadelphia, PA) Stoneware Presentation Pitcher
Luke discusses a very rare small-sized cream pitcher attributed to the famous Philadelphia stoneware potter of the late 19th century, Richard Clinton Remmey. A very unusual form (fashioned in the style of fine English ceramics), this pitcher was made for Katherine Salzer, born in Philadelphia in 1874, the daugher of a local carpenter. This new discovery will be sold as part of our March 1 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.
Important Antique Stoneware Pitcher Excavated in Philadelphia
Luke talks about an American stoneware pitcher dug out of a Philadelphia privy that has helped revolutionize our understanding of stoneware production in the city. These stoneware pieces with coggled designs are always attributed to Old Bridge, New Jersey, but the discovery of this piece very near Branch Green s well-known (but fairly mysterious) stoneware pottery on Second Street basically affirms that some of the extant examples are actually of Philadelphia origin. It will be sold on March 2, 2013 as part of our first stoneware & redware pottery auction of the year.
Chester County, Pennsylvania Stoneware Jar Marked R.J. GRIER (Extremely Rare)
Brandt talks about Ralph J. Grier; his family's pottery in East Nottingham (near Oxford), Pennsylvania; and the signed Grier jar we will be selling on July 21, 2012, as part of our Summer 2012 Antique Stoneware & Redware Pottery auction. Though a very prolific potter whose attributable work shows up with regularity in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, Grier's maker's mark is extremely rare.
Antique Stoneware Heart-Shaped Inkstand
Mark displays and discusses what is by far one of the most beloved--and rarest--forms in all of American stoneware: the heart-shaped inkstand. This example--one of the finest examples of stoneware to surface in years--will be sold on March 3, 2012.
Philadelphia Stoneware Liberty Bell Mug, circa 1876
Brandt talks about the original research he's done on Aaron Radley (an Albany, NY-born stoneware potter who moved to Philadelphia and competed against the Remmeys) and the mug Radley made--the only known example of his work, an elaborate stoneware Liberty Bell mug made for a local tavern keeper (to be sold March 3, 2012).
Remmey (Philadelphia, PA) Stoneware Bird Bank
Luke discusses the significant incised stoneware bank we will be selling as part of our March 3, 2012 auction. Made by the Remmey family in Philadelphia and dated 1874, it was probably made by the very prolific Henry Harrison Remmey.