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Price Realized: $3,737.50 ($3,250 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).AUCTION HIGHLIGHT! (Nov. 6, 2010 Highlights | Anna Pottery)
Fine Early Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Bottle with Incised Decoration, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880, molded bottle in the form of a pig with hole at rear and finely-incised detail to face and hooves, incised on one side "Railroad and River Guide / with a little good old Rye in a hog's --- ". Remainder of pig's body incised with a map of the Midwest, including the following landmarks: "St. Louis; Miss River; CA & St L R R; O & M R. R.; C & St. L. R. R.; I.C. R. R.; Grand Tower; Cairo; Mound City; C. & V. R. R.; Vincens; Cincinnati Pork City; and Anna Jug City." The size, shape, and extra-fine penmanship on the pig indicate it is most likely an early example by the Kirkpatricks. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example consigned from TN. This pig descended to the consignor from her grandfather, who worked on the railroad. It arrived to us covered in later gold paint. After the underlying incising was discovered, the paint was removed from the surface, but kept around the head to be removed at the buyers discretion. Chip to one ear. Some light areas to glaze. Length 7 1/4".
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