Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Double Pheasant on Stump Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor approximately twenty years ago.
Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration of a Deer Flanked By Trees, Stamped "HAXSTUN, OTTMAN, & CO. / FT. EDWARD, N.Y.," circa 1870. Outstanding size, color, and decoration.
Exceedingly Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped Twice "G. & A. BLACK," Somerfield, PA origin, circa 1860.
The impressed maker's mark of brothers, George and Albert Black, of Somerfield, PA is considered extremely rare on any stoneware form. This newly-discovered example is one of less than five signed pitchers known by this potting firm, and features an excellent, squat-shaped form with strong decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Pennsylvania.
Very Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J. SWANK & CO. / JOHNSTOWN, PA," circa 1870. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Pennsylvania.
Very Rare Diminutive Tanware Jug with Elaborate Albany Slip Fuchsia Decoration, New Geneva, PA origin, late 19th century. H 5 3/4". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Georgia.
Very Rare Miniature Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, attributed to Charles F. Decker's Keystone Pottery, Chucky Valley, TN, late 19th century. H 3 1/2". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Pennsylvania.
Important Western PA Jar. Possibly Unique Six-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised and Brushed Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "HAMILTON & JONES," circa 1875. This jar is the first example of Greensboro, PA stoneware we have seen with a freehand-decorated eagle. It may be one of Hamilton & Jones's first attempts at producing stoneware with eagle decorations, a predecessor to their well-known stenciled eagle designs. Provenance: A newly-discovered example, consigned from Texas.
Very Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "Hamilton & Jones," Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1865. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a forty-year Midwestern antiques collection.
Rare One-Gallon "Eagle Pottery" Stoneware Jar with Large Stenciled Eagle Decoration, Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1875.
Monumental Ten-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Brushed Cobalt Decoration of a Man Carrying an American Flag, Stamped "W.J. SCHROP / SPRINGFIELD, OHIO," third quarter 19th century. Provenance: Purchased twenty years ago at an Ohio estate auction.
Possibly Unique One-and-One-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Swag Decoration and Inscription, "From Keesee & Parr / Richmond, Va.," circa 1860. This jar is the only example we have seen from this potting firm with signature in cobalt script.
Very Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised on Underside "Morgan & Amoss / Makers / 1821," Baltimore, MD origin.
Fine Small-Sized Stoneware Jug with Incised Foliate Decoration, Stamped "C. CROLIUS / MANUFACTURER / MANHATTAN-WELLS / NEW-YORK," circa 1800.
Fine "The Original Package" Stoneware Pig Flask with Elaborate Incised Map, Signed and Dated "By the Anna Pottery / 1891". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in Midwestern family.
Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Frog Paperweights with Cobalt Decoration, Signed "Anna Pottery / 1887". (Example on right with cold-pained surface.) Provenance: Fresh-to-the-market examples, recently found in a Delaware home.
Important Bell Pottery Pair. Exceedingly Rare Matched Pair of Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Spaniels, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA origin, third quarter 19th century.
One of a small number of matched spaniel pairs by John Bell known, and the first pair to come to auction in many years. Both feature a visually-appealing mottled brown glaze over light yellow clay, with incised and impressed embellishments to the face and body. Surviving together in remarkable condition, this pair is one of the finest lots of Bell family pottery ever to be auctioned. Literature: Pictured in H.E. Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 153, figure 4.209.
Extremely Rare Multi-Glazed Redware Hunt Scene Pitcher, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA. Exceptional color and condition. One of a small number of this form and glaze known.
Rare Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Cream Pitcher, Strasburg, VA origin, late 19th century.
Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Urn with Lion's Head Handles and Copper-and-Manganese Floral Decoration, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va," circa 1875.
Fine Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher with Marbled Cream and Brown Glaze, Stamped "BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA," circa 1880.
Important Manhattan Jar. Extremely Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape and Heart Decoration, Stamped "DAVID MORGAN / NEW-YORK," early 19th century. One of a small number of signed David Morgan examples known.
Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, probably David Morgan, Manhattan, NY origin, late 18th or early 19th century. Attributes of the incised bird design on this jug closely resemble those found on the only known signed David Morgan example with incised bird motif. Exceptional size, measuring approximately three quarts. Provenance: Marlin Denlinger, 1985.
Very Rare Stoneware Jar with Incised Fish Decoration, Stamped "J. CLARK & CO. / TROY," New York State origin, circa 1826-1828. Scarce, short-lived maker's mark with outstanding decoration. Pictured in Donald Blake Webster's Decorated Stoneware Pottery of North America.
Rare New Jersey Stoneware Advertising Jugs, Stamped "CASE'S PURE CIDER VINEGAR," attributed to the Fulper Pottery, Flemington, NJ, late 19th century.
Impressive Ten-Gallon Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Large Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "WESTHAFER & LAMBRIGHT," Tuscawaras County, OH origin, circa 1865.
Unusual Lidded Stoneware Bowl with Applied Floral Decoration and Snake Finial, Southern U.S. origin, late 19th century.
Ovoid Redware Jar with Exceptional Green Glaze, Massachusetts origin, second quarter 19th century.
Early Glazed Redware Pitcher, Maine origin, circa 1825-1840. Excellent form and colorful glazed surface.
Unusual Glazed Redware Ring Jug, possibly Galena, IL, second half 19th century. Provenance: Found in Indiana.
Very Fine Glazed Redware Flowerpots, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va." and "JOHN BELL," Strasburg, VA and Waynesboro, PA origin, circa 1860-1880.
Rare Glazed Redware Dresser Bank with Spattered Manganese Decoration, Pennsylvania origin, 19th century.
Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Gemel, Stamped "NEW-HAVEN," attributed to Absalom Stedman or Stedman & Seymour, New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1830. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Connecticut.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Starface Decoration, Stamped "T. HARRINGTON / LYONS," New York State origin, circa 1860. An unusually small-sized jar for this desirable Harrington design.
Very Rare Double-Handled Stoneware Gin Cooler with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Impressed "HOL. GIN," attributed to William Nichols, Poughkeepsie, NY, circa 1820. The inscription "HOL. GIN" refers to "HOLLAND GIN". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in New England.
Monumental Double-Handled Presentation Stoneware Jug, Inscribed "S.A.H. / 1847," attributed to Smith & Day, Norwalk, CT. H 18 1/2". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example recently found in New England.
Outstanding Folk Art Jar. Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Decoration of a Woman in Dress, attributed to M. Perine and Sons, Baltimore, MD, circa 1850. Additional decoration of a man's head under opposite handle. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market, recently found in a Harford County, MD home.
Extremely Rare Ten-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1860. Impressed "10" under one handle. Recently discovered in a Virginia home, this jar is one of the largest examples of Baltimore stoneware known. H 20 1/2".
Scarce Stoneware Jar with Cobalt People Decoration, attributed to the Thompson Pottery, Morgantown, WV, circa 1870. Provenance: From a long-term PA antiques collection, purchased approximately thirty-five years ago.
Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Freehand Cobalt Decoration and Stenciled Cross, Stenciled "J.P. PARKER / JANE LEW / WV," circa 1875. Provenance: Recently found in Ohio.
Extremely Rare Ovoid Redware Jar with Elaborate Three-Color Slip Decoration, attributed to John Bell, Chambersburg, PA, circa 1829. H 9 1/2". This jar is discussed in H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, described as made while Bell was working with potter, Jacob Heart, in Chambersburg, PA, before he established his well-known Waynesboro shop. This attribution is based on the distinctive rim molding found on John Bell's work, as well as similarities to sherds excavated at Heart's Chambersburg shop. Literature: Pictured in H.E. Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 111, fig. 4.81.
Rare Glazed Shenandoah Valley Redware Bowl with Spotted Manganese and Daubed Copper Decoration over Slip Wash, Stamped "BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA," circa 1880. An unusual glaze application for Bacher. H 4" ; Diameter 7 1/4".
Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "MILLER & DAVISON / STRASBURG, VA," circa 1880. H 9 1/2".
Rare Glazed Redware Jar with Manganese Decoration and Lid with Molded Sheep Finial, Pennsylvania origin, second or third quarter 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Harford County, MD home. H 8 1/4".
Exceptional Diminutive Stoneware Inkwell with Cobalt Decoraton, Stamped "C. CROLIUS / STONE-WARE / MANUFACTURER. / Manhattan-Wells. / NEW-YORK," early 19th century. An unusually small-sized example. H 1 3/4" ; Diameter 3 3/16".
Very Rare One-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE," Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1805. H 9 1/2".
Large-Sized Stoneware Jug with Diagonally-Impressed "Clamshell" Decoration, attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. H 15 3/4".
Scarce Ovoid Stoneware Jug with Large Incised Bird Decoration, attributed to Nicholas van Wickle, Old Bridge, NJ, circa 1825. H 14 3/4".
Very Fine Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decoration, Stamped "S. AMBOY. N. JERSY," Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts, South Amboy, NJ, early 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from Florida. H 7 1/4".
Rare Stoneware Jar with Impressed and Coggled Decoration, Stamped "WARNE & LETTS 1806 / S. AMBOY. N. JERSY," Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts, South Amboy, NJ, circa 1806.
Fine and Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Captain James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1775. H 14".
Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Captain James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1780-1790. H 13 1/2".
Scarce Ovoid Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Watchpring Decoration, attributed to Captain James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1780-1790. H 14 3/4".
Rare Monumental Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Coggled Bird Decoration, Old Bridge, NJ origin, early 19th century. H 18 1/2".
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