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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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.
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).