Outstanding and Exceptionally Rare Stoneware Heart-Shaped Inkstand

March 3, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 31

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Heart-Shaped Stoneware Inkstand, Mid-Atlantic origin, second quarter 19th century, large-sized, slab-constructed inkstand in the form of a heart, the top surface decorated with heavily slip-trailed swags, a dotted star design, and what appears to be a brushed heart at the base. Sides of inkstand decorated with cross-hatched slip-trailing. Edges decorated with brushed cobalt highlights. Includes original wheel-thrown stoneware well and sander, which are decorated with heavy cobalt and fit into carved holes in each half of the heart. Four holes carved near the point of the heart are designed to hold quills. The heart-shaped inkstand is one of the rarest and most coveted of all known stoneware forms. (A heart-shaped inkstand produced in the 18th century by a member of the Crolius family currently holds the auction record for an example of American salt-glazed stoneware.) The color of the clay and cobalt on this example suggest it may have been produced by Henry Remmey or his son, Henry Harrison Remmey, in Baltimore or Philadelphia, sometime during the second quarter of the 19th century. This iconic and visually stunning piece is believed to be one of the finest examples of American stoneware to surface in several years. Inkstand with two small edge chips to base of heart, as well as some minor wear to top edge of heart. Inkstand additionally has a few tight lines to top surface and a flake to interior of hole into which the sander fits, only visible when the stand is held on an angle. Top of sander broken off and reglued. Minor base chips to well. L 5 3/4" ; W 6" ; H 2".


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