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Oct. 25, 2014: Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
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Price Realized: $1,782.50 ($1,550 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).
Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Floral Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr. or John Remmey III, Manhattan, NY, late 18th or early 19th century, ovoid pitcher with small handle and narrow collar accented with heavy tooling at the rim, the front of the pitcher decorated with a large incised flower with large heavily-veined leaves and circular blossom. Decoration highlighted in cobalt. The distinctive scallop-edged leaves with elaborate veining on this design are virtually identical to those found on pieces made in Baltimore and Philadelphia by Henry Remmey, Sr. and his son, Henry Harrison Remmey. (Henry Remmey, Sr., traveled from Manhattan to establish a pottery in Baltimore, MD in 1812.) However, the form and color of this pitcher, which are clearly Manhattan, imply the piece was made in Manhattan by Henry Remmey, Sr., or possibly his brother, John Remmey III. One of a small number of incised Manhattan pitchers known. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example found in a MD home thirty years ago. 2" inverted Y-shaped hairline from rim. Tiny 1/8" hole on side of pitcher, possibly in-the-firing. Chipping to base. H 10 1/2".
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