Montgomery County Masterpiece. Exceedingly Rare and Important Sgraffito-Decorated Redware Plate with Bird-and-Flowering-Urn Motif, Inscribed "Ich koche was ich kan; Was mey Sau nicht frest; Das frest mey mann; Sa.l Tr.l [Samuel Troxel] / Ja.y 25th 1833 a[nno] F[ecit]". Reverse signed in incised script, "Samuel Troxel / Potter To uperhanover / Township Montgomery / County January us the / 25th A.D. 1833,". This remarkable plate typifies Pennsylvania-German sgraffitoware in its skillfully-carved decoration and charming inscription, which translates to, "I cook what I can; What my sow doesn't eat; That is what my husband eats." Outside of museum collections, relatively few examples of Pennsylvania-German sgraffitoware are known in high-grade condition. This plate, surviving in an exceptional state of preservation, is one of only two examples known bearing an incised inscription by Troxel on the reverse, the second residing in the collection of Winterthur. In addition, this plate bears the same date of manufacture as an iconic Troxel plate, inscribed "Liberty for Gackson", owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The sale of this plate in our Summer auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire a fine-conditioned, signed work of sgraffitoware by one of the leading masters of this decorative technique. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired privately in the 1980s, this plate will be offered publicly for the first time in its existence. Diameter 10 1/4".
Parr Perfection. Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, attributed to David Parr, Sr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1825. Regarded as the greatest example of David Parr, Sr., stoneware known, this jar features a total of forty-one tulips decorating the front, sides, and reverse. The form and decoration of this jar would serve as a strong influence on potters of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic United States. Variants of its tulip motif are most easily recognized in the work of Parr's nephew, David Parr, Jr., of Richmond, VA. H 15".
Bell Beauties. Exceptional Pair of Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Spaniels, Stamped "JOHN BELL", Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840-1865. Composed of a visually-appealing, yellow-colored clay, both spaniels feature impressed and hand-incised details in the classic Bell style. The right spaniel is impressed with two John Bell maker's marks on the underside and the left spaniel is impressed once. Literature: Illustrated in H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 153, fig. 4.209. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 9".
Elusive American Stoneware Form. Cobalt-Highlighted Stoneware Sundial with Impressed and Incised Face and Metal Gnomon, Philadelphia, PA origin, probably Remmey Family, circa 1850-1890. Literature: A similar example in the collection of Winterthur, incised "H.R. Mitchell / Philada", is illustrated on page 5 of Phil Schaltenbrand's Big Ware Turners. Diameter 8 3/8".
Rare Rundlet. Outstanding Stoneware Rundlet with Incised Bird and Floral Decoration, Albany, NY origin, circa 1800-1820. This fine example of early New York State stoneware features an incised "Washington Street" flower encompassing the bunghole, surmounted by a bird. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 4 3/4".
Extremely Fine Two-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar with Incised Floral Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1790. Exhibiting light-colored clay and desirable vertical-handled form, this jar also displays a level of refinement in its incised decoration rarely found on Manhattan pieces of the 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. H 12".
Extremely Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Decoration, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE", Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, eary 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a fifty-year private collection. H 9 1/4".
Very Fine Small-Sized Stoneware Jar with Impressed Floral Decoration, Stamped "PEACHES", attributed to Clarkson Crolius, Sr., Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. H 7 1/2".
Extremely Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Flask, Inscribed "Pint", Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1820. One of a small number of Baltimore stoneware flasks known, and, among these, certainly one of the earliest to have surfaced. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 7".
Fine Miniature Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to the Remmey Pottery, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1860. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 4".
Fine Miniature Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Clover Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1870. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 3 3/4".
Very Fine Small-Sized Stoneware Bank with Cobalt Swag Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, circa 1860. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 4 1/2".
Extremely Rare Miniature Stoneware Flowerpot with Cobalt Decoration, attributed to Charles F. Decker's Keystone Pottery, Chucky Valley, TN, late 19th century. Although this pot lacks a drain hole in the underside, the crimping on the rim suggests this form was most likely made as a flowerpot. Provenance: Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 2 3/8".
Wonderful Watchspring Jar. Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to the Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ, probably mid 18th century. A striking example of 18th century American stoneware decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. H 12".
Nice Masterpiece. Extremely Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Saffron Bowl with Elaborate Applied Decoration, attributed to John Nice, Montgomery County, PA, circa 1830. This important work is regarded as possibly the finest Nice saffron bowl known, rivaling in quality examples held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Winterthur. Its large applied floral motif to the bowl and employment of copper slip decoration are most unusual. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. H (including lid) 5 1/2" ; H (excluding lid) 3" ; Diameter 4 1/4".
Striking Slip Decoration. Extremely Rare Lidded Redware Saffron Bowl with Elaborate Four-Color Slip Decoration, possibly John Nice, Montgomery County, PA, circa 1830. This outstanding example utilizes a highly-unusual combination of cream, tan, red, and green slips over a manganese ground, profusely-applied in a foliate design on the body and lid. The finely-potted lid includes a coggle-decorated border and stepped finial. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. H 4 1/4" (including lid) ; H (excluding lid) 2 1/2" ; Diameter 5 1/16".
Folk Art Jug. Exceedingly Rare Glazed Redware Jug with Ornamental Handle and Incised Tulip Decoration, Inscribed "D.B. Huber", David Bolden Huber (1845-1916), Niantic, Montgomery County, PA, circa 1865-1870. Featuring a bifurcated handle terminal embellished with faux screwheads above an incised and impressed tulip motif, this jug is one of only two examples known bearing a David B. Huber signature. A second, damaged jug with various incised names from the potter's family resides in the collection of the Schwenkfelder Library in Pennsburg, PA. Huber produced redware on the farm of his father, Henry Huber (1816-1900), in Niantic, Pennsylvania, a pottery that began production in 1842 and is believed to have ceased operation by the 1870s. Two lesser examples of Huber redware were sold by a descendant of the pottery to Winterthur, an unsigned puzzle jug (museum catalog number 1980.0066) and unsigned miniature jug (museum catalog number 1980.0067). Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in Pennsylvania decades ago. H 13".
Sgraffito of Exceptional Size. Exceedingly Rare Diminutive Redware Dish with Sgraffito Decoration, attributed to Samuel Paul, Hereford Township, Berks County, PA, early 19th century. Significant in its size and condition, this example features two iconic Pennsylvania-German motifs, the tulip and compass, both also found on furniture, fraktur, and other crafts from this decorative school. It is the smallest American sgraffito-decorated dish that we are aware of. The underside includes the pencil inscription "Mary from Grandmother / Feb. 25 1909 / 1854". The date "1854" likely refers to a previous year of acquisition, as the decoration indicates a much earlier date of manufacture. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired in Pennsylvania decades ago. Diameter 5 1/8".
Exceptional Redware Plate with Profuse Yellow and Brown Slip Decoration, Pennsylvania origin, 19th century. Diameter 10".
Exceptional Redware Plate with Marbled Two-Color Slip Decoration, Pennsylvania origin, 19th century. Diameter 8 3/4".
Fine Redware Plate with Alternating Three-Color Slip Decoration, Pennsylvania origin, 19th century. Diameter 9 3/8".