March 24, 2018 Auction Featured Photos

Outstanding 2 Gal. CORTLAND Stoneware Jug with Devil Face Decoration

Folk Art Face. Exceedingly Rare and Important Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Devil Face Decoration, Stamped "CORTLAND", Madison Woodruff and Romanzo Smith, Cortland, NY, circa 1867-1869. Featuring a slip-trailed devil face with beard, curled mustache, brushed horns, and profuse spotted details throughout, this jug is regarded as one of the greatest stoneware works of Cortland, NY manufacture. The design features the distinctive beard found on this pottery's coveted "cat face" motif, although the depiction is altogether a completely different creature. This jug is the first example of American stoneware that we have seen with a slip-trailed design of a devil's face. A few highly-important devil-decorated pieces date back to the late 18th and early nineteenth century. One, a jug with incised devil face, previously of the Barry Cohen collection, is illustrated in Sumpter Priddy's groundbreaking 2004 book, "American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840"; a second incised jug bears a possible depiction of the Jersey Devil, exclaiming "MONEY", is attributed to the Morgan, van Wickle, and Green Pottery of Old Bridge, NJ, circa 1805-1822, and is illustrated in Warwick and Warwick, "A Sighting of the New Jersey Devil on a Stoneware Jug,"Ceramics in America 2008.

Defined by its imaginative and highly-expressive style, the Cortland devil jug transcends the stoneware medium as a significant work of ceramic folk art. We consider it among the very best cobalt depictions of a face known on a piece of American stoneware.

Exceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor PitcherExceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Figural Railroad Conductor Pitcher

Anna Pottery Discovery. Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Pitcher with Hand-Modeled Figure of a Railroad Conductor, Inscribed "Uncle Dan / full on ten Cents", Signed "Anna Pottery / Anna Ills / 1884". An exciting recent discovery, which surfaced in Indiana, this pitcher is one of only two Anna conductor pitchers that we are aware of. Its wonderful relief figure was created by outwardly pressing and shaping the wall of the pitcher from the interior, then applying additional clay details. This work typifies the Kirkpatricks' uncanny ability at rendering life in clay, revealing skills that straddled the line between folk art and fine art. The conductor maintains a confident, but leisurely, attitude with smiling face, paunched belly, and hands tucked in his pockets. Wonderful incised and cobalt-highlighted details appear throughout the figure, including a conductor's hat with impressed circle-and-star designs, wavy hair, dotted eyebrows, sideburns, a goatee, lapelled coat with impressed buttons, a watch chain emerging from his pants pocket, and wrinkles throughout his clothing. The pitcher's tapered, tankard form with spurred handle is extremely rare in Kirkpatrick stoneware production. Two distinctive treatments on the pitcher, the incised vining around the pitcher's base and the incised grinning face above the pitcher's signature, can be noted on some of the Kirkpatricks' most iconic, specially-produced items, including temperance jugs, fair jugs, vases, and a commemorative umbrella stand.

Uncle Dan is presumably Daniel Patch, a conductor with a storied history on the Chicago & Alton Railroad. Another Anna conductor pitcher sold in our October 2014 auction was apparently produced for Marvin Heath, a notable railroad man working on the Springfield & Illinois Southeastern Railroad. "Uncle Dan" Patch, as he was known, was one of the more prominent conductors in the area and there is little doubt that this pitcher was made as a gift to him. An 1886 story in a Springfield newspaper recounts a touching story about a group of children whose mother had recently passed away, became separated from their father while traveling the rail, and asked for help: "[One of the conductors] was touched by the lad's simple narrative, and declared that he would take the children and their dead mother to the junction. Not only this, but he took up a collection of $16 from the passengers and gave it to the boy. At the junction he waited until the C. & A. from the south arrived and to Conductor Patch explained the situation. 'Uncle Dan,' whose heart is as big as his frame is tall and rugged, offered to bring them through, and at once began taking up a collection. He was still more successful ... and realized $47." Indeed, Patch's "tall frame" played an integral part in what was one of the great stories of his life: "Mr. Daniel Patch, one of the oldest passenger train conductors in the state ..., was in [Springfield], Sunday [September 18, 1887], on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Abraham Lincoln, with whom he was personally acquainted. In the days of the Lincoln and Douglas debates, Mr. Patch used frequently to have both of the distinguished statesmen as passengers on his train. On one of these occasions Douglas made a wager with Lincoln that the conductor was taller than he (Lincoln) was. Without further words Mr. Lincoln stood up and called [Uncle Dan] to come back. Mr. Patch returned and, back to back, the conductor and future President stood, while Mr. Douglas, perched on a car seat, ascertained which was the taller. The astonished passengers gazed in wonder at the strange scene. It took Mr. Douglas an instant to see that the conductor was two inches the taller, and that he had won the wager. In after years, when Mr. Lincoln became famous as the war President, he used to see the tall conductor occasionally, but never without referring, with some pleasantry, to the time when they measured lengths on the railway train."

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market lot, this pitcher sat on a Indiana family's shelf for years. New discoveries of Anna Pottery pieces of this quality are unusual. H (to top of handle) 9 3/4".

Exceptional 5 Gal. Stoneware Crock with Bold Mule Decoration att. West Troy Pottery, West Troy, NYExceptional 5 Gal. Stoneware Crock with Bold Mule Decoration att. West Troy Pottery, West Troy, NY

Marvelous Mule. Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Standing Mule, West Troy, NY origin, circa 1875. Featuring a large, outlined form with heavy masses of cobalt slip filling the interior, this bold design is closely-related to that found on the iconic West Troy elephant jar sold in our July 18, 2015 auction. Just as details to the elephant's ear and eye were created by carving away cobalt slip from these areas, the mule on this crock features fine details to the face, mane, chest, and legs, created by incising into the applied cobalt. This treatment was even employed to delineate a crossed stance to the rear legs.

The design may have been inspired by the frequent sight of mules pulling cargo along the Erie Canal, on which West Troy (now Watervliet) was located. Its use of silhouetted cobalt against light clay background creates a striking image in the vein of the 20th century American folk artist, Bill Traylor (1853-1949).

Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, purchased by the consignor over thirty years ago. H 12 1/4".

Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar with Crimped Rim, Inscribed

Virginia's Earliest Signed Sugar Bowl. Important and Probably Unique Glazed Redware Sugar Bowl with Crimped Rim, Inscribed "George Kline / His Sugar Bowl / Many Men of Many / Minds Many birds of / Many kinds", George Kline, Harrisonburg, VA, circa 1826. This significant recent discovery in Southern antebellum redware is the only known signed example of pottery made at the shop of George Kline in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, VA. Kline's operation, along with John Zigler's pottery in Timberville, represent the earliest potteries in Rockingham County, a region, which, decades later, would be active with a number of successful stoneware and redware manufacturing sites. Kurt C. Russ's landmark article in the Winter 1995 issue of The Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, "Exploring Western Virginia Potteries," notes Kline's pottery as existing at Blacks Run and German Street in Harrisonburg.

This sugar bowl, made before the arrival of stoneware in the area, features delicate, thin-walled potting with a footed base, pleasing ovoid form, and highly unusual heavily-crimped rim. The sugar bowl form itself would continue in the area for decades as a specially-made item. A small number of stoneware sugar bowls and/or honey pots produced during the middle of the century by John D. Heatwole and Emanuel Suter rank among the finest products known from the county. This bowl's inscription, which reads, "Many Men of Many Minds, Many birds of Many kinds", is an excerpt from a popular poem used in 19th century penmanship classes, which concludes with the two lines "Many fishes in the sea, Many men that don't agree". This old adage about the differences between people's opinions, perhaps a popular one in Kline's day, also afforded him the opportunity to display his own fine penmanship on the pot.

This bowl is among the very earliest signed, intact examples of Virginia redware known, as well as the earliest signed piece of Rockingham County pottery to have surfaced. From a similar time period are a few iconic works by the Bell family in Winchester. (Among these are the slip-decorated Peter Bowl bowl, stamped "P. BELL", in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC and the tin-glazed John Bell inkstand, stamped "J. BELL" and dated "Winchester / March 12th 1825", in the collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA.) The age, origin, and form of this work make it a particularly important discovery, both from decorative and historical viewpoints, in the genre of early Southern ceramics. Provenance: Descended in a Virginia family. H 4". Diameter (across crimped opening) 3 7/8".

Exceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face Jug

Fantastic Face. Rare and Important Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Edgefield, SC origin, circa 1850-1870. This recently-discovered work features a heavy, olive-colored alkaline glaze, numerous delicately-carved kaolin teeth, and kaolin eyes set deep behind applied eyelids. Though the face follows the gritted-tooth style of South Carolina's Edgefield District, its more-subdued expression, featuring a slightly-opened mouth, is unusual. The height and girth of the jug are noteworthy (standing 7 1/4" tall and approximately 20" in circumference) as is the refined sculpting of the nose. H 7 1/4".

Outstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationOutstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationOutstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationOutstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip Decoration

Southern Slip Decoration. Rare and Important Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Two-Color Slip Floral Decoration, attributed to Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850. This jar is noteworthy in its lavish application on iron-oxide and kaolin slip in the form of two different floral motifs, extending nearly top-to-bottom on the front and reverse. The visual appeal of the jar is compounded by its highly ovoid form. Four incised slash marks appear under one handle. Arguably the most strikingly-decorated example of alkaline-glazed stoneware that we have ever offered. H 13 1/2".

Exceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip Decoration

Monumental Seven-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Two-Color Slip Decoration, probably Thomas Chandler, Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1840. This jar features drape-and-daisy motifs closely related to those found on Thomas Morgan stoneware products of Baltimore, MD, the city of Chandler's apprenticeship. Its bold slip-trailed and brushed decoration is complemented by an elegant, thin-walled form with narrow base, consistent with Chandler's fine craftsmanship. H 17".

Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware Exceptional Simon Singer / Haycock Township, PA Redware

Beautiful Box. Outstanding Glazed Redware Match Box with Exuberant Three-Color Slip Decoration, Inscribed “Match Box”, Signed and Dated Several Times “E.S. / 1895”, Edward Singer, Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA, 1895. Exceptional in form and decoration, this redware match box was made by Edward Singer (1850-1909), son of German immigrant, Simon Singer, patriarch of the family pottery in Bucks County’s Haycock Township. This family has gained notoriety in Pennsylvania ceramics and folk art circles for producing a number of elaborately-inscribed, slip-decorated plates during the final decades of the 19th century. This exceedingly rare, slab-constructed form includes its original lid with exuberant copper-slip vine and yellow-slip sunburst motifs. The box itself is decorated similarly to a redware plate in its curved yellow slip line motifs, which are even found in the box's interior base. Copper and manganese highlights border each side of the box's exterior. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market object, discovered in the Singer Pottery warehouse by a descendant in the 1950s. L 4 1/2” ; W 3” ; H 3”.

Pennsylvania Peahen. Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Peahen Decoration, Stamped

Pennsylvania Peahen. Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Peahen-on-Stump Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865. Featuring the distinctive crest and long tail of a peacock, but lacking the typical "eyes" in the tail, this design likely represents a peahen. It features the most elaborate feather detail that we have seen on a Cowden bird motif. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor approximately thirty-five years ago.

Very Fine 2 Gal. J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Lidded Jar with Dog Decoration

Bennington Lion. Striking Two-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Lion Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1855. This jar features an unusual lion variant with narrower, dog-like head, but including the typical mane and hair-tipped tail. Excellent in all respects. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which recently surfaced in New England. H 11 1/2".

Very Unusual Bennington, VT Stoneware Jug with Profuse L. NORTON & SON Maker s MarksVery Unusual Bennington, VT Stoneware Jug with Profuse L. NORTON & SON Maker s MarksVery Unusual Bennington, VT Stoneware Jug with Profuse L. NORTON & SON Maker s MarksVery Unusual Bennington, VT Stoneware Jug with Profuse L. NORTON & SON Maker s MarksVery Unusual Bennington, VT Stoneware Jug with Profuse L. NORTON & SON Maker s MarksVery Unusual Bennington, VT Stoneware Jug with Profuse L. NORTON & SON Maker s Marks

Serious Stamping. Extremely Rare Stoneware Jug with Profuse Maker's Mark Impressions, Stamped "L. NORTON & SON", Bennington, VT, circa 1833-1841, approximately one-half-gallon to three-quart, cylindrical jug with tooled spout, stamped sixty-one times from shoulder to midsection with the maker's mark, "L. NORTON & SON", used by Luman Norton and his son, Julius, circa 1833-1841. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from New England. H 10".

Very Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed DecorationsVery Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed DecorationsVery Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed DecorationsVery Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decorations

Early Commeraw. Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape-and-Tassel Decoration, Stamped "COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK", Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, circa 1800. This important work by the African-American potter, Thomas Commeraw, features an elusive stamp, "COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK", used during his earliest period of stoneware manufacture. (This is an alternative spelling from the more commonly-seen, later “CORLEARS HOOK.”) This mark, when found, is most typically seen on pieces with freehand incised decoration; the fact that this jar features Commeraw's early stamp with his later drape-and-tassel motif suggests that it was made during a short window between his use of freehand and impressed designs, circa 1800. Coupled with the early-period mark is fine combing to the shoulder and exceptional color to the jar, both also characteristic of his earlier, finer work. An important example by this beloved early African-American craftsman.

Unusual COMMERAWS / STONEWARE 1 Gal. Jar, Manhattan, early 19th centuryUnusual COMMERAWS / STONEWARE 1 Gal. Jar, Manhattan, early 19th centuryUnusual COMMERAWS / STONEWARE 1 Gal. Jar, Manhattan, early 19th century

Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decoration, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE", Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. Exceptional cylindrical form.

WARNE & LETTS / LIBERTY FOREVER Stoneware JarWARNE & LETTS / LIBERTY FOREVER Stoneware JarWARNE & LETTS / LIBERTY FOREVER Stoneware JarWARNE & LETTS / LIBERTY FOREVER Stoneware Jar

Patriotic Pottery. Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape Decoration, Stamped "LIBERTY. FOR.EV / S.AMBOY. N.JERSY", Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts, South Amboy, NJ, early 19th century. Warne & Letts' Liberty Forever vessels are amongst the more iconic in all of American stoneware. Provenance: A recently-discovered example, consigned from the Northeastern U.S.

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Early Miniature. Rare Miniature Stoneware Jug, Incised "I x M", Northeastern U.S. origin, possibly James Morgan Pottery, Cheesequake, NJ, fourth quarter 18th century. The initials, "I x M", may refer to a member of the family of pottery owner, Captain James Morgan of Cheesequake, NJ, possibly Morgan himself as the initial "I" often represented a "J" during the time period. Furthermore, the style of "I" seen here--crossed at the middle--appears on a small number of very early American stoneware objects, including the important Elizabeth States teapot (made by Adam States circa 1745) and an early incised jar sold in our March 2012 auction. While the jug lacks cobalt decoration verifying a Morgan attribution, the spout construction is notably consistent with his pottery's work. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor in Indiana in the mid 1980s. H 4".

Very Fine 1 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird DecorationVery Fine 1 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird DecorationVery Fine 1 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird DecorationVery Fine 1 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird Decoration

Rare and Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Pheasant Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, early 19th century. The curvaceous lines of this pheasant create an appealing folk art image. One of the best among the small body of extant Manhattan incised pheasant jugs.

Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800

Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird-on-Branch Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, probably Crolius Family, early 19th century.

Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot in Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885.

Figural Flowerpot. Exceedingly Rare Figural Cat-with-Mouse Flowerpot with Original Cold-Painted Surface, American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern U.S., circa 1850-1885. This outstanding folk sculpture was created from a wheel-thrown cylinder with cut-away opening and hand-modeled features. An original drain hole is carved below the cat's tail. The animal's seated, bent-legged stance of the figure is reminiscent of the style of American folk art masters, Anthony Bacher and Wilhelm Schimmel. The subject matter is virtually unheard of in American redware, although an iconic flowerpot with the applied figure of a cat hunting a bird, made by Absalom Bixler of Lancaster, PA, is known. Provenance: Purchased by the consignor in North Carolina, found with remnants of dirt in the interior base. H 7" ; L 5 3/8".

Rare and Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Spaniel with Related Poster, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1840-1880.Rare and Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Spaniel with Related Poster, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1840-1880.Rare and Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Spaniel with Related Poster, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1840-1880.Rare and Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Spaniel with Related Poster, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1840-1880.Rare and Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Spaniel with Related Poster, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1840-1880.

Rare and Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Spaniel with Related Poster, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1840-1880. This exact spaniel is pictured in the 1993 Richard Flanders Smith poster entitled, "Birds & Beasts", which depicts Pennsylvania redware animal figures. A framed example of this poster is included with this lot. H. 7".

Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, James and William, were employed early in their careers with Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery fame. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known,  and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4

Anna Influence. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Applied Snake, Lizard, and Monkey Decorations, attributed to Simeon L. Bray, Evansville, IN, circa 1885. Simeon, along with his brothers, J. Wallace and William, spent their early years in the town of Anna, Illinois, where they likely learned the pottery trade from the famed Kirkpatrick brothers. This work is one of a small number of Bray family temperance jugs known. It is noteworthy in its size, believed to the largest-capacity Bray example known, and most importantly in its glaze, being the only documented example with cobalt decoration. H 7 3/4".

Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.

Important Anna Figural Form. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion on Base, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880. Colorful blue, purple, and brown slip decoration throughout, with rare applied leaf border to base. Literature: For related examples, see Mathis, The Family, Kilns, & Stoneware of Kirkpatrick, p. 205, fig. 102. L 5 1/4" ; W 3 5/8" ; H 3 3/8".

Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised

Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised "Railroad and River Guide" Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1885. L 7 3/4".

Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880.Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880.Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880.Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880.Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880.Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880.

Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Inscribed "Sanford Wells & Co. / 214 N. Main St / St. Louis Mo", Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880. L 7".

Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890

Rare and Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, attributed to S. Bell & Son or J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Exceptional color and condition, with beautiful marbling to the glaze, likely inspired by the Winchester, VA master potter, Anthony Bacher. H 7 5/8".

Extremely Rare Moravian Redware Bottle with Multi-Colored Sponged Decoration, Salem, NC, Origin, early 19th centuryExtremely Rare Moravian Redware Bottle with Multi-Colored Sponged Decoration, Salem, NC, Origin, early 19th centuryExtremely Rare Moravian Redware Bottle with Multi-Colored Sponged Decoration, Salem, NC, Origin, early 19th centuryExtremely Rare Moravian Redware Bottle with Multi-Colored Sponged Decoration, Salem, NC, Origin, early 19th century

Elusive Form. Extremely Rare Moravian Redware Bottle with Tortoiseshell Glaze, Salem, NC origin, late 18th or early 19th century. The form and recessed underside of this wheel-thrown bottle suggest it was modeled after imported European glass examples of the period. It is the only example of this form and glaze produced in the North Carolina Moravian tradition that we are aware of; as such, it is a significant addition to a large body of documented Moravian school drinking vessels known, the majority of which are stylistically very different, primarily molded animal forms. Literature: Two North Carolina redware bottles, which are loosely-related in form, are documented. One is a slip-decorated example made in Alamance County, NC, circa 1790-1820, illustrated in Beckerdite, Brown, and Linda Carnes-McNaughton, “Slipware from the St. Asaph’s Tradition,” Ceramics in America, edited by Robert Hunter and Luke Beckerdite (Lebanon, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2010), p. 16, fig. 2. The second is a dark, copper-glazed bottle made in Salem, NC, circa 1780-1820, in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, which is illustrated in Bivins, The Moravian Potters in North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press for Old Salem, Inc., 1972), p. 121, fig. 52. H 7 1/2".

Rare and Fine Miniature Glazed Redware Jug, Bristol County, MA origin, early 19th century

Selection of Glazed Redware Jugs, all probably Bristol County, MA, circa 1790-1830. H (of smallest) 4 1/2".

Shenandoah Valley Redware Wall PocketShenandoah Valley Redware Wall PocketShenandoah Valley Redware Wall PocketShenandoah Valley Redware Wall PocketShenandoah Valley Redware Wall PocketShenandoah Valley Redware Wall Pocket

Fine Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Wall Pocket, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, consigned from Illinois. H 7 3/8".

Small-Sized Shenandoah Valley Redware PitcherSmall-Sized Shenandoah Valley Redware PitcherSmall-Sized Shenandoah Valley Redware PitcherSmall-Sized Shenandoah Valley Redware PitcherSmall-Sized Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher

Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher, attributed to S. Bell & Sons or J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA origin, circa 1890. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, consigned from Illinois. H 4 1/2".

Outstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed PoemOutstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed PoemOutstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed PoemOutstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed PoemOutstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed PoemOutstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed PoemOutstanding 4 Gal. Lanier County, GA Stoneware Pitcher with Inscribed Poem

Size and Script. Monumental Four-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher, Incised "Fill me Full and Drunk / Stockton Ga / 4", attributed to the Timmerman Pottery, Stockton, Lanier County, GA, late 19th century. The Timmerman family patriarch, Shimuel Timmerman (1824-1889) was born in Edgefield, SC, and moved early in life to the Stockton area of Lanier County, GA, establishing a pottery that would last into the early 20th century. This pitcher, one of a few inscribed Timmerman pieces known, is also exceedingly rare in its oversized, four-gallon capacity. Difficult to use when full, this pitcher may have served as a storefront advertising piece for the Timmerman family's operation. The pitcher's charming inscription related to the vessel's use (i.e. "Filling" a vessel) is in keeping with the incised words of the Edgefield master, Dave. Included with the inscription on the collar is the town of origin along the shoulder, a large "4" indicating the piece's monumental capacity, and an appealing incised sine-wave treatment. One of the most important pieces of Lanier County, GA stoneware known. Provenance: Recently-discovered in the Southeastern U.S. H 15 3/4".

Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840

Rare Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J.CM", attributed to Daniel Seagle, Vale, NC, circa 1840.

For years, collectors and historians of Catawba Valley stoneware have been searching for the identity of the elusive maker of early, highly refined pieces marked “JCM”. It has been recently postulated that master potter Daniel Seagle, patriarch of the “Seagle school” of potters, made these wares for John Michal (b.about 1793, d.1844) and/or his father Johann Conrad Michal, members of a prominent local family. This attribution, made by North Carolina collectors and historians Tom and Lana Kleeberg, originated with their discovery of an early Seagle-style jar commemorating a special occasion and inscribed “The Day after election 1837, JCM”. Subsequent research showed John Michal was elected Clerk of Superior Court of Lincoln County, North Carolina in a special off-year election in 1837. John Michal and his father Johann Conrad Michal also appeared to own interests in one or more mercantile businesses in Lincolnton, the county seat where John Michal served his public office and largest town near Seagle’s pottery, and in nearby Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Documented interactions between members of the Seagle and Michal families were found to be numerous, including their adjacent signatures on church rolls, marriage documents, etc. Both families’ ancestry had recently migrated from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area in the last quarter of the 18th century and it is not unreasonable to assume their ties went back several generations. Finally, almost all extant JCM marked wares exhibit forms and glazes virtually identical to Seagle’s style, something very difficult to duplicate by another potter. Cumulative evidence would indicate that JCM is therefore a merchant’s mark, not a potter’s initials, and that Daniel Seagle likely produced the wares for the Michal family who had close business and personal ties to the Seagles.

Provenance: Purchased at a local auction thirty years ago near Hickory, North Carolina.

Very Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware Jug

Fine Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze, Stamped "CJB", Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford County, GA, late 19th or early 20th century. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, found in Georgia. H 16".

Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed,

Amorous Alabama Face Vessel. Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Incised "I Love you", attributed to the Ham Family, Perry County, Alabama, late 19th or early 20th century. This recently-discovered work features china-plate eyes and teeth, an incised mustache and goatee, as well as the highly unusual inscription, "I Love you", suggesting it was made as a gift for the potter's sweetheart. The color of the jug's salt-glazed surface and its inscribed front, relate it to an important double-handled face jug, inscribed "Drink my blood / J.C. Ham", which was made by Jesse Calvin Ham (1870-1933) in Perry County, Alabama. The handwriting style and modeling of the face on the "I love you" jug are different than the aforementioned signed work, suggesting it may have been made by one of Jesse's several potter brothers, the sons of Ham pottery patriarch, Robert Solomon "Sol" Ham (1848-1912). Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Florida. H 8 3/4".

Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug,  probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8

Rare Stoneware African-American Figural Jug, probably Alabama origin, late 19th century. Featuring a buttoned coat and sgraffito-decorated eyes, this jug follows a torso form popularized in the American South among Alabama potters of the second half of the 19th century. H 7 5/8".

Exceptional Western PA Jug. One-Quart Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Swag Decoration, Inscribed "N. Sandusky", probably Greensboro or New Geneva, PA origin, circa 1880. Remarkable in its size and profuse brushwork, this jug may have been made for a family relative by John Sandusky, a potter listed in the 1880 Federal Census as living in Fayette County, PA. A second potter, Norris Sandusky, consistent with the inscription, "N. Sandusky", is listed in the 1880 Federal Census as a potter living in Harrison County, WV. Moreover, as this jug was recently discovered in Kentucky, it may have been made in Western Pennsylvania for one of the many Sanduskys living in that state during the second half of the 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Kentucky. H 7 3/4".

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "A & W BOUGHNER", Greensboro, PA, circa 1855. Unusual early-period form, decoration, and maker's mark. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA.

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "BOUGHNER / GREENSBORO / PA", circa 1865. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA.

Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.

Western PA Rarity. Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875. Featuring a highly unusual impressed star-and-diamond decoration and axe-head form, this tenderizer is one of the finest examples that we have seen in 19th century American stoneware production. L 4 7/8" ; H 3 1/2".

Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed

Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed "Cyrus Deem 1878", West Virginia origin, 1878. This pitcher, of appealing size and form, was made for a farmer named Cyrus Deem, listed in the 1880 Federal Census as living in Wood County, West Virginia. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA. H 5 1/4".

Bold 5 Gal. Uniontown, PA Stoneware Jar with Floral Decoration

Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Bold Cobalt Freehand Floral Decoration and "5" Flanked By Diagonal Stripes, Uniontown, PA origin, circa 1865.

4 Gal. G. A. & J. E. MCCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY Stoneware Churn with Stenciled EAGLE POTTERY Eagle4 Gal. G. A. & J. E. MCCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY Stoneware Churn with Stenciled EAGLE POTTERY Eagle4 Gal. G. A. & J. E. MCCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY Stoneware Churn with Stenciled EAGLE POTTERY Eagle

Kentucky Eagle. Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "G.A. & J.E. McCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY." and "Eagle Pottery", James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA, circa 1870.

Very Rare Cold-Painted Face Jug with Large BrowVery Rare Cold-Painted Face Jug with Large BrowVery Rare Cold-Painted Face Jug with Large Brow

Rare Painted Stoneware Face Jug with Bail Handle, North Wilkesboro, NC origin, circa 1925. A small cache of painted face jugs of this style were discovered in the 1990s, made by a Mr. Nelson in North Wilkesboro, NC in the 1920s. This example is perhaps the finest by this maker that we have ever offered, featuring a highly-unusual wide-mouthed spout and stylized forehead reminiscent of 19th century face vessels. H 12".

Very Rare R. BUTT Washington, DC Stoneware Milk PanVery Rare R. BUTT Washington, DC Stoneware Milk PanVery Rare R. BUTT Washington, DC Stoneware Milk PanVery Rare R. BUTT Washington, DC Stoneware Milk PanVery Rare R. BUTT Washington, DC Stoneware Milk PanVery Rare R. BUTT Washington, DC Stoneware Milk Pan

Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Milkpan with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "R. BUTT / W. City DC", circa 1835. One of a few examples of this form known from Richard Butt's Washington, D.C. pottery.

Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Game Bird and Stump Motif, Stamped Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Game Bird and Stump Motif, Stamped

Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Pheasant and Stump Motif, Stamped "W-A-LEWIS / GALESVILLE-N-Y", circa 1858. Figural-decorated pieces from this short-lived operation are considered rare. The depiction of the pheasant on the ground, facing the stump as opposed to perching in it, is most unusual.

2 Gal. J. C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Rooster Decoration2 Gal. J. C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Rooster Decoration2 Gal. J. C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Rooster Decoration

Very Rare Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Rooster Motif, Stamped "J.C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY", New York State origin, circa 1860.

J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Hawk Crock

Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Flying Hawk Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.", circa 1855. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the Northeastern U.S.

Fine LYONS (New York) Stoneware PitcherFine LYONS (New York) Stoneware PitcherFine LYONS (New York) Stoneware Pitcher

Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Wreath and Floral Motif, Stamped "LYONS", Thompson Harrington, Lyons, NY, circa 1860. Rare form and artistic, Rochester-inspired design. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Hawaii.

Very Rare Signed Baltimore Stoneware Mug Inscribed Very Rare Signed Baltimore Stoneware Mug Inscribed Very Rare Signed Baltimore Stoneware Mug Inscribed Very Rare Signed Baltimore Stoneware Mug Inscribed

Very Rare Keg-Form Stoneware Mug with Cobalt Clover Decoration, Inscribed "S.p. the 17 / 1893 / I.S. Kapp", Israel Kapp, Baltimore, MD, 1893. Kapp was a West Baltimore stoneware potter active at the Perine pottery during the fourth quarter of the 19th century. This mug, rare in its form alone, is the only Baltimore example we have seen with a signature by its maker. It's large size, profuse decoration, and unusual applied stopper add decorative appeal to a noteworthy object.

3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Exceptional Incised Ship Decoration, Connecticut Origin3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Exceptional Incised Ship Decoration, Connecticut Origin

Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Large Incised Sailing Ship Decoration, probably Middlesex County, NJ origin, circa 1820's. Excellent detail to decoration including two waving banners, a captain's quarters with windows at the stern, and deeply-carved vertical lines to the ship's four sails. The form of this jar is very similar to that seen on stoneware produced in Old Bridge, NJ during this time period, by the Bissett family and Morgan & Van Wickle. Meanwhile, this particular incised ship motif seems very related to that seen on the cover image of the exhibition program for New Jersey Pottery to 1840, held at the New Jersey State Museum in 1972. The jug pictured there was acquired by pioneer NJ stoneware researcher, James Brown, who scoured the area looking for work from the various local potters. Of note is this ship's similarity, as well, to the iconic John P. Schermerhorn incised ship jar, pictured in Russ and Schermerhorn, "Rocketts' Red Glare: John P. Schermerhorn and the Early Richmond-Area Stoneware Industry" in Ceramics in America 2005; Schermerhorn was a member of the extended Bissett family and worked in Old Bridge before departing for Virginia. Our belief is that this example was produced either in Old Bridge or by the Price family in nearby Sayreville. One of the largest and most-detailed incised ship designs we have ever offered.

Outstanding Tanware Flowerpot Inscribed Outstanding Tanware Flowerpot Inscribed Outstanding Tanware Flowerpot Inscribed Outstanding Tanware Flowerpot Inscribed

Important West Virginia Flowerpot. Very Rare Tanware Flowerpot with Profuse Albany Slip Decoration, Inscribed "Jane Lew", Jane Lew, WV origin, circa 1885. H 8 1/8" ; Diameter (across top) 8 1/4".

Fine 1 Gal. J. P. PARKER / JANE LEW Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cross

Fine One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cross Motif, Stenciled "J.P. PARKER / JANE LEW", WV origin, circa 1870.

Fine Western PA Stoneware Pitcher with Brown-Slip Floral Decoration over Albany SlipFine Western PA Stoneware Pitcher with Brown-Slip Floral Decoration over Albany SlipFine Western PA Stoneware Pitcher with Brown-Slip Floral Decoration over Albany SlipFine Western PA Stoneware Pitcher with Brown-Slip Floral Decoration over Albany SlipFine Western PA Stoneware Pitcher with Brown-Slip Floral Decoration over Albany SlipFine Western PA Stoneware Pitcher with Brown-Slip Floral Decoration over Albany Slip

Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Freehand Slip Decoration, Western PA origin, circa 1885.

Rare 2 Gal. S. A. COLVIN & SONS / JANE LEW, W.VA Stoneware JarRare 2 Gal. S. A. COLVIN & SONS / JANE LEW, W.VA Stoneware JarRare 2 Gal. S. A. COLVIN & SONS / JANE LEW, W.VA Stoneware Jar

Rare Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Crock, Stamped "S.A. COLVIN & SONS / JANE LEW W. VA", circa 1880.

4 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Decoration att. Shinnston, WV4 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Decoration att. Shinnston, WV4 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Decoration att. Shinnston, WV

Scarce and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Shinnston, WV origin, circa 1875.

Fine 5 Gal. J. P. PARKER / JANE LEW Stoneware ChurnFine 5 Gal. J. P. PARKER / JANE LEW Stoneware ChurnFine 5 Gal. J. P. PARKER / JANE LEW Stoneware Churn

Five-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Churn, Stenciled "J.P. PARKER / JANE LEW", WV, circa 1870.

Rare Greensboro, PA Stoneware Flowerpot with Profuse Floral DecorationRare Greensboro, PA Stoneware Flowerpot with Profuse Floral DecorationRare Greensboro, PA Stoneware Flowerpot with Profuse Floral Decoration

Rare Stoneware Flowerpot with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, probably William "Leet" or James Hamilton, Greensboro, PA, circa 1860. H 5 1/2" ; Diameter (across top) 7 1/2".

Fine 5 Gal. HAMILTON / GREENSBORO, PA Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral DecorationFine 5 Gal. HAMILTON / GREENSBORO, PA Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral DecorationFine 5 Gal. HAMILTON / GREENSBORO, PA Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral DecorationFine 5 Gal. HAMILTON / GREENSBORO, PA Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration

Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Freehand Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped “HAMILTON / Greensboro / PA”, circa 1860.

Very Unusual JACKSON COURTHOUSE, W.VA Stoneware Canning Jar with Profuse Grocery AdvertisingVery Unusual JACKSON COURTHOUSE, W.VA Stoneware Canning Jar with Profuse Grocery AdvertisingVery Unusual JACKSON COURTHOUSE, W.VA Stoneware Canning Jar with Profuse Grocery Advertising

Rare Jackson Courthouse, WV Stoneware Canning Jar with Elaborate Advertising, Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1880.

Greensboro, PA Stoneware Stoneware Canning Jar with Striped and Stenciled Cherries DecorationGreensboro, PA Stoneware Stoneware Canning Jar with Striped and Stenciled Cherries DecorationGreensboro, PA Stoneware Stoneware Canning Jar with Striped and Stenciled Cherries Decoration

Fine Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Canning Jar with Stenciled Cherries Deciration, Stenciled “Greensboro”, Hamilton & Jones, Greensboro, PA, circa 1870. H 7 7/8”.

Exceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face JugExceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face JugExceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face JugExceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face JugExceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face JugExceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face JugExceptional BROWN POTTERY / ARDEN, NC Monumental Stoneware Painted Devil Face Jug

Brown Pottery Beauty. Very Rare and Important Large-Sized Stoneware Devil Face Jug with Original Cold-Painted Surface, Stamped "Brown Pottery / Arden, N.C. / Handmade", Davis Pennington Brown (1895-1967), Arden, NC, circa 1940. This jug is one of a relatively small number of large-sized devil jugs produced by Davis Pennington Brown circa 1940. Within this select group, it is one of the largest, standing 23 3/8" tall, nearly three inches taller than a related example sold in our July 22, 2017 auction, and less than 1/2" shorter than the finest example known, which resides in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Arguably among the greatest 20th century face vessels in existence, this jug's appeal as a work of folk art, already evident in its applied face and monumental size, is augmented by its wonderful painted surface. A penciled price of $3.00, written on the jug's underside, is believed to be its cost when it was made. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor approximately forty years ago. H 23 3/8".

Rare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, GeorgiaRare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, GeorgiaRare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, GeorgiaRare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, GeorgiaRare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, GeorgiaRare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, GeorgiaRare and Fine Stoneware Face Jug att. Charles P. Ferguson, Barrow County, Georgia

Georgia Rarity. Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, attributed to Charles P. Ferguson (1851-1917), Barrow County, GA, circa 1880-1890. Featuring a well-sculpted face with open mouth, impressed eyes, and incised hair throughout, this jug is one of a small number of face jugs known by the hand of Barrow County, GA potter, Charles Ferguson. Ferguson's grandfather, Charles H. Ferguson (1793-1878), established the family pottery in Barrow County in 1846, after working for Abner Landrum in Pottersville, SC. This connection to South Carolina's Edgefield District may have influenced the Ferguson family in the production of face jugs after establishing their Georgia pottery. Literature: For related examples, see Burrison, Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery, pp. 74, 75, and 227. H 7 1/4" ; Diameter (at base) 6 1/8".

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