Southern Stoneware Masterpiece. Exceedingly Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Temperance Jug with Elaborate Applied Figural Decoration, Signed "John L. Stone. Maker / in W.C. Knox's Factory / $10.00," Oletha, Limestone County, TX origin, circa 1869-1874. H 9".
Applied decorations include a central bearded man with cobalt highlights, a large rattlesnake handle with cobalt-highlighted belly, a large striped lizard, two additional snakes, and a spider. Brushed designs of a jug and sailing ship appear on the left side of the jug, applied in a diluted Albany slip or faded brown cold paint.
Stone's work is quite possibly Texas stoneware at its finest. His most expressive creations are his temperance jugs, which mimicked the style of Illinois' Anna Pottery, where Stone was previously employed. With its unusually small size, nicely-glazed surface, and well-preserved central figure, this example is the best of the three Stone temperance jugs we have had the privilege of offering over the years.
A very interesting addition to this jug is its price of $10.00, incised at the base. It is often unclear whether special pieces such as this were always presentation or advertising items, or whether they were actually made available for sale. The $10.00 price on this jug, while possibly tongue-in-cheek, suggests that Stone may have actually tried to sell some of his work as a novelty or art form. Ten dollars in 1870 is roughly equivalent to $175 today.
Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor. This jug was eagerly sought by pioneer collector and scholar, Georgeanna Grier, although the owner was unwilling to sell at the time.
SPECIAL NOTICE: This stoneware temperance jug will be featured on an upcoming Austin, Texas edition of Antiques Roadshow, which will air in three episodes on January 26, February 2, and February 9.
Exceptional Commeraw Jar. Exceedingly Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Incised Floral Decoration, Stamped "COERLEARS HOOK" and "N. YORK," Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, New York, late 18th century. H 8".
This petite Manhattan jar is the smallest example of incised Commeraw stoneware we have seen bearing the elusive "COERLEARS HOOK" mark, used during the potter's first years of production. Its vertical-handled form and delicate incised floral motifs on both sides are characteristic of Commeraws' earliest and best work. Certainly the greatest example of early Commeraw stoneware we have ever offered, as well as one of the finest examples of 18th century stoneware we have had the privilege of handling.
Cowden Masterpiece. Outstanding Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865.
This jug's exceptional cobalt decoration ranks among the most exuberant of all known Cowden & Wilcox designs. The exquisite flowering urn motif, reminiscent of the artistic designs of Rochester and Lyons, New York, suggest the decoration was executed or inspired by Shem Thomas, a New-York-trained potter who was active at Harrisburg's Filbert Street Pottery for many years. The employment of a slip cup to decorate this jug is an unusual, primarily-early technique on Harrisburg stoneware.
Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA," circa 1870.
Important 18th Century Flask. Diminutive Stoneware Flask with Incised Ship and Cobalt Floral Decoration, possibly Captain James Morgan, Cheesequake, NJ, circa 1775-1784.
This historically-significant new discovery is appealing on a number of levels, exhibiting strong decoration, wonderful size and form, and a particularly early age, made sometime in the years before or after the American Revolution. Few incised examples of American-made stoneware from this time period have survived, and each new intact find is to be considered a noteworthy and informative object of colonial material culture. The full-bodied flask form, essentially potted as a miniature jug without handle, is virtually unknown in American stoneware production. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Pennsylvania. H 4 1/4".
Poughkeepsie People Crock. Extremely Rare Stoneware Cream Jar with Incised Decoration of a Hatted Gentleman Raising a Wine Glass, Dated "1841," Stamped "JACOB B. CAIRE & CO. / MAIN ST / POKEEPSIE, NY".
Important New Jersey Water Cooler. Four-Gallon Ovoid Stoneware Water Cooler with Incised Foliate Decoration, Stamped "L. APPLEBY. N.J*," Leonard Appleby, Old Bridge, NJ, circa 1825.
Leonard Appleby's life is detailed in the 1882 book, History of Union and Middlesex Counties with Biographical Sketches of Many of their Prominent Men, edited by W. Woodford Clayton. According to this account, Appleby, born in New York City in 1798, traveled to Old Bridge, NJ to work as a clerk for his uncle, Obadiah Herbert, prior to 1812. In 1821, Appleby married Ann Amanda Fitzallen van Wickle, the daughter of pottery operator, Jacob van Wickle, and Sarah Morgan van Wickle. Appleby's biographical sketch states that he later "dealt extensively in lime, and embarked in the manufacture of pottery and fanning-mills [and] began soon after the snuff and tobacco business. . ." (Clayton, History of Union and Middlesex Counties, p. 782).
Appleby is most well-known for his involvement in the tobacco business, primarily as part of the firm "APPLEBY & HELME", for which many stoneware advertising jars were produced. While it has previously been suggested that this cooler was made as a gift for Leonard Appleby, based on the information provided in his biography, it is more than likely a piece produced at a short-lived pottery owned by Appleby. If truly made at a pottery owned by Appleby, the stamp on this cooler should be regarded as one of the rarest maker's marks from the region.
While significant in its rarity and origin, this example also carries great decorative appeal with its elegant form and finely-incised leaves in the classic Old Bridge style.
Bell Beauties. Very Rare and Important Matched Pair of Glazed Redware Spaniels, Stamped "JOHN BELL," WAYNESBORO, PA, circa 1840-1880.
One of the most coveted Bell family forms, and exceptionally difficult-to-find as a matched pair. Both spaniels feature a heavy streaked lead-and-manganese glaze over an orange clay ground and excellent incised details to the face, ears, and paws. Left spaniel impressed twice with "JOHN BELL" maker's mark on underside. Right spaniel impressed three times with "JOHN BELL" maker's mark on underside. Surviving in remarkable condition, this pair is only the second we have ever offered. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market pair, purchased in Pennsylvania during the 1970s. H (of each) 8 3/4".
Bell Tin-Glazed Masterpiece. Monumental Six-Gallon Tin-Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Brushed Cobalt Floral and Sponged Decoration, Stamped "I. BELL," John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840. H 14 3/8".
This jar ranks among the most profusely-decorated examples of Bell family pottery known. Adding greatly to its significance is the use of an opaque white tin glaze over the surface, which modeled itself after fine European delftware. Relatively few examples of 19th century American tin-glazed pottery are known, among them a small number of Bell family products. These include a highly important inkstand, produced by John Bell in 1825, while still active at his father's shop in Winchester, VA, believed to be the earliest documented example of American tin glaze, as well as a cake mold with cobalt floral and sponged decoration, bearing the Winchester, VA mark of John's brother, Samuel.
Important Boston Indian. Exceedingly Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Indian Motif, Stamped Twice "BOSTON.," attributed to Jonathan Fenton, Boston, MA, circa 1795. This historically-significant jar features a wonderful impressed design of a standing Indian with feathered headdress, belted tunic, and mocassins, holding a bow and downward-pointing arrow, beside a five-pointed star.
The distinctive Indian motif on this jar is based upon the State Seal of Massachusetts, designed in 1780 by a man named Nathan Cushing and engraved by Boston native, Paul Revere. Revere based his design on the following instructions: "An Indian dressed in his shirt, mogossins, belted proper- in his right hand a bow- in his left, an arrow, its point toward the base, on the dexter side of Indian's head, a star for one of the United States of America. . ." (Elbridge Henry Goss, The Life of Colonel Paul Revere, p. 429). One of the finest examples of early Boston stoneware to come to auction in years.
Outstanding and Very Rare Three-Gallon Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised "Morgan & Amoss/ makers / Pitt Street / Baltimore / 1821". Exceptionally-thin-walled, graceful form with unusual decoration.
Stunning Stetzenmeyer. Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "F. STETZENMEYER. / ROCHESTER, NY," circa 1850. This crock typifies why Frederick Stetzenmeyer's work is considered some of the finest-decorated of all 19th century American stoneware products. One of the most heavily-decorated examples of Stetzenmeyer stoneware known.
Exceedingly Rare and Important One-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Rabbit Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG. PA," circa 1865. The rabbit is one of the rarest native animal designs found on American stoneware; this jar features arguably the finest representation of the animal to come to auction in years.
Outstanding Five-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze and Kaolin Slip Decoration, Stamped "CHANDLER MAKER," Thomas Chandler, Edgefield, SC, circa 1850. Excellent form, size, and decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found at a New England yard sale approximately twenty years ago. H 19 1/2".
Very Rare One-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J.S. NASH," Jefferson S. Nash or possibly Milligan Frazier, Marion County, Texas origin, circa 1865.
Outstanding Manhattan Bird. Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, late 18th or early 19th century.
Incised bird decorations from Manhattan are considered scarce, and this example is one of the finest to come to auction in years, exhibiting excellent color and measuring an impressive eight inches from bill to tail.
Adding import to this piece is its strong similarity to a notorious small-sized jug, previously in the collection of noted folk art collector, Barry Cohen, which sold at Sotheby's in 2006 for $90,000 (excluding buyer's premium). Bearing the incised date July 4, 1802, the ex-Cohen jug features a distinctive bird likely by the same hand or school as this example, including a turned head, circular eye, and nearly-identical wing detail.
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Swag-and-Heart Decorations, Stamped "DAVID. MORGAN. / NEW YORK," Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1805.
Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Incised Decoration, Stamped "P. CROSS / HARTFORD," Connecticut origin, circa 1806-1808.
Outstanding Brown Brothers Crock. Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Inscription "HOME SWEET HOME," Stamped "BROWN BROTHER , / HUNTINGTON, LI," New York State origin, circa 1870-1885.
This iconic crock belongs to a small group of highly-prized "epitaph crocks" produced at the Brown Brothers operation, believed to be the pottery's finest works. According to the book, USEFUL ART: LONG ISLAND POTTERY, by Cynthia Arps Corbett, the inscription on this crock probably "refers to the John Payne homestead in East Hampton. Payne, who wrote the song, 'Home Sweet Home,' was the focus of a sentimental movement on Long Island in the late nineteenth century" (Corbett, p. 44). Certainly one of the finest examples of Long Island pottery to come to auction in years.
Literature: USEFUL ART: LONG ISLAND POTTERY, Cynthia Arps Corbett, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1985. (Pictured and discussed on p. 44.)
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Berries Decoration, Stamped "BROWN. BROTHERS / HUNTINGTON. L.I.," circa 1863-1870. Literature: Cynthia Arps Corbett, USEFUL ART: LONG ISLAND POTTERY, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1985. Pictured and discussed on p. 42, this crock is described as one of two known with berry decoration at the time of the book's writing.
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Inscribed "W", Stamped "BROWN BROTHER / HUNTINGTON / L.I.," circa 1870-1885. Exceptional form and size.
Fine Redware Loaf Dish with Stamped Yellow Slip Geometric Decoration, Huntington, Long Island, New York origin, circa 1807-1860. L 14 1/2".
Small-Sized Redware Loaf Dish with Stamped Yellow Slip Geometric Decoration, Huntington, Long Island, New York origin, circa 1807-1860. L 10 3/4".
Extremely Rare and Important Redware Tree-Stump Pitcher, Stamped "W.A. LYNN," possibly Anthony Weis Bacher, Mechanicstown (now Thurmont), MD, circa 1876-1881.
Few pieces are known bearing the mark of William Addison Lynn, owner of the Big Hunting Creek Pottery in Mechanicstown, MD, circa 1876-1881. The majority of signed examples are highly utilitarian in nature, primarily flowerpots and unglazed jars. This whimsical pitcher, with its delicate potting, incised surface, and applied knots and sawed limbs, ranks among the most decorative Lynn pieces known. According to H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, this form may have been produced by Anthony Weis Bacher or his protege, James C. Mackley, at Lynn's shop. Its rustic surface can be found on many other Bacher products. H 7 1/2".
Twenty-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle and Freehand Decoration, Stenciled "WILLIAMS & REPPERT / GREENSBORO, PA," circa 1885.
Rare Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J. SWANK & CO. / JOHNSTOWN, PA.," circa 1870.
Scarce Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Cross Decoration, Stenciled "J P PARKER / JANE LEW / WVA," circa 1865.
Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Frog Paperweight with Coleslaw-Decorated Base, Signed "Anna, Ills.," Wallace and Corwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1875. The use of a smaller-sized molded frog and early-style signature, "Anna, Ills.", indicates this scarce form was made relatively early in the Kirkpatricks' employment of the frog as a decorative element. The use of extruded clay pieces as grass on the base is a very unusual treatment among known Kirpatrick products. Provenance: Recently discovered in England, this paperweight possibly traveled across the Atlantic with its previous owner as an American souvenir. Diameter 3 3/4".
Manhattan Rarity. Important Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape and Tassel Decoration, Stamped "D. MORGAN / N. YORK," Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1800. This jar features an elusive early David Morgan maker's mark and an impressed decoration, which more closely relates to the designs of Thomas Commeraw than Morgan's typical work. Note that, in Morgan's work, two distinct swag stamps of different sizes are used. We can find only one other auction record of a lesser piece bearing the "D. MORGAN / N. YORK" maker's mark to sell in the last decade or more. This jar is irrefutably one of the rarest examples of signed Manhattan stoneware to come to auction in years.
Scarce and Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Floral Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1790-1800. Incised decorations of this decorative quality are rarely found on Manhattan jugs of this small size. The hand that executed the incising is strikingly similar to that seen on signed Thomas Commeraw examples, and was possibly rendered by him. H 11 1/2".
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Stamped "P. CROSS / HARTFORD," Connecticut origin, circa 1806-1808.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Folky Incised Floral Decoration, Northeastern U.S. origin, possibly Huntington, Long Island, NY, early 19th century. Provenance: Recently found in Long Island, NY.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of a Goateed Soldier or Hunter with Rifle, probably Midwestern U.S. or New Jersey origin, circa 1860-1880. Excellent folk art representation of the human form. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in the Midwestern U.S.
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Epitaph Crock with Cobalt Inscription "BUY THE BEST," Stamped "BROWN BROTHER , / HUNTINGTON, L.I.," New York State origin, circa 1870-1885. This highly unusual example features a wonderful advertising slogan touting the quality of craftsmanship at the Brown Brothers Pottery.
Scarce Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Stamped LEWIS / HUNTINGTON.," Long Island, New York origin, circa 1830-1854.
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Milkpan with Elaborate Slip-Trailed Daisy and Berry Decoration, Incised "Morgan Maker," William Morgan, Baltimore, MD, circa 1825. Excellent maker, color, and form. The inclusion of berries into Morgan's classic daisy motif is unusual.
Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised "Morgan Maker," William Morgan, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1825.
Rare Two-Gallon Shenandoah Valley Redware Handled Jar, Stamped Twice "ISAAC GOOD," Rockingham County, VA origin, fourth quarter 19th century. Provenance: Recently found in Maine.
Meaders Masterpiece. Extremely Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Vase with Applied Snake and Grapes, Incised "Lanier Meaders," Cleveland, Georgia, circa 1978. With exceptional detail throughout, this outstanding work by Georgia's premier folk potter includes cross-hatched cobalt and brown-spotted decoration to the large coiled snake. H 13 5/8".
Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the West Coast.
Literature: For discussion of this Meaders form, see John Burrison, Brothers in Clay, University of Georgia Press, 2008, p. 273; Similar vase pictured on cover of John Burrison, From Mud to Jug, University of Georgia Press with the Folk Pottery Museum of Northern Georgia, 2010.
Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Frog Pitcher with Monkey Handle and Original Green-and-Black Cold-Painted Surface, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1885.
Scarce Anna Pottery Stoneware "Black Hills" Pig Flask, Inscribed "Quickest Cheapest and Only Safe and Reliable Route to California and The Black Hills/ by Anna Pottery," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880-1885. This unusual pig flask features excellent penmanship and finely-painted eyes. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor. L 7 1/4".
Important New Jersey Jar. Exceedingly Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Heart and Foliate Decoration, Stamped "MADE BY XERXES PRICE AT S. AMBOY," South Amboy, New Jersey origin, circa 1805.
This outstanding jar is one of a few known examples bearing the mark of Roundabout (now Sayreville), New Jersey potter, Xerxes Price. Price is perhaps most well known for a body of work bearing impressed decorative medallions, including a sun face, conjoined hearts, and various floral motifs. One or a few important pieces bearing Price's maker's mark along with one of these distinctive designs has led to such attributions.
This jar, exceedingly rare with the signature alone, is made all the more significant with its use of freehand incised decoration. In our research, we can find no other examples of a signed or attributed Xerxes Price jar with freehand incised decoration. This example may serve as a basis for further attribution. The elegant motif on the front, as well as the form of the jar itself, can be related to the Manhattan, NY style of the time period. The use of a central heart adds greatly to the jar's decorative appeal. This recently-discovered example is believed to be the first piece of signed Xerxes Price stoneware to come to auction in at least fifteen years.
Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in the Western U.S.
Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Coggled and Brushed Greenish-Brown Slip Foliate Decoration, Stamped "T WARNE. Co / SOUTH AMBOY," New Jersey, circa 1797-1805.
Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Incised Foliate Decoration, Stamped "SWAN & STATES / STONINGTON," Connecticut origin, circa 1825. Excellent form and strong, Manhattan-influenced decoration.
Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Fish Decoration, attributed to Jonathan Fenton, Boston, MA, circa 1795. Excellent detail to fish on both sides. Provenance: Consigned as part of a collection assembled during the 1980s.
18th Century Keg. Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Keg with Incised Cobalt Foliate Decoration and Brushed Cobalt Highlights, Incised "ND 1796," New Jersey origin. Few intact examples of American stoneware bearing 18th century dates are known. This example may have celebrated the twentieth anniversary of America's independence. Provenance: Decades-old tags affixed to one end of the cooler describe it as a "PUNCH KEG" from the collection of early stoneware scholar, W. Oakley Raymond Collection. H 11".
Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Presentation Crock, Impressed "HANNAH GARDINER" and "LEWIS & GARDINER / HUNTINGTON, L.I.," New York State origin, circa 1827-1829. The name, "HANNAH GARDINER", stamped in an appealing scroll-tipped font, likely refers to a relative of Long Island, NY pottery owner, Matthew H. Gardiner. H 7" ; Diameter 7".
Very Rare Huntington, Long Island Stoneware Presentation Pitcher, Inscribed "For Little Raymond" and "Huntington June 8th 1882," attributed to the Brown Brothers Pottery, Huntington, Long Island, New York. H 5".
Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Bowl with Profuse Green and Brown Slip Decoration, probably Hagerstown, MD, early 19th century.
Redware Plate with Two-Color-Slip Tulip Decoration, Dryville, PA origin, 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Pennsylvania.
Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Stump-Form Umbrella Stand with Reclining Dog, Stamped "F.B. NORTON & CO. / WORCESTER, MASS.," circa 1870. A finely-molded form, detailed with ivy, cattails, and an expressive cairn terrier at the base.
Scarce One-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Bird Decoration, Stamped "J.B. PFALTZGRAFF & CO. / YORK, PA," circa 1855-1880. To be included with a large selection of other Pfaltzgraff stoneware pieces. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found among the contents of a Baltimore County, MD farm.
Highly Unusual Four-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration and Original Air Hole, attributed to Henry H. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1830. This recently-discovered cooler includes an original hole at the shoulder, presumably designed to allow air flow for easy pouring when the cooler held a lid. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found among the contents of a Baltimore County, MD farm.
Pennsylvania Portrait Pot. Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Cobalt Decoration of a Man's Bust Flanked by a Wreath, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA," circa 1870.
Pieces bearing this iconic figural motif are among the finest products of the Newport, Pennsylvania pottery of Michael and Theophilus Miller. It has been suggested that the distinctive man with mustache and goatee (found on a few select examples of Miller stoneware) may represent one or both of the brothers. To our knowledge, this jar is the finest example of Newport, PA stoneware to come to auction since a signed birdhouse was sold through our firm in 2006.
Exceptional Miniature Stoneware Gemel with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, probably New-Haven, Connecticut, circa 1830. H 3 1/8".
Scarce Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Gemel, Stamped Twice "STEDMAN & SEYMOUR / NEW-HAVEN," Connecticut origin, circa 1830. H 7 3/4".
Petersburg Pitcher. Extremely Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Tree-of-Life Decoration, attributed to Henry Lowndes, Petersburg, VA, circa 1845. Excellent form, color, and condition. H 8 3/8".
Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. This striking example features rare slip-trailed decoration and a blossom center resembling a clock face.
Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Man-in-the-Moon Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago.
Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Man-in-the-Moon Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased years ago by the consignor's mother.
Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. Provenance: Part of a collection consigned to this auction, which was assembled during the 1980s.
Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Cobalt Cornucopia Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855.
Scarce Lot of Five Graduated Stoneware Crocks with Cobalt Floral Decorations, Brown Brothers, Huntington, Long Island, New York, circa 1870. An assembled group of five crocks with nearly-identical Brown Brothers floral motifs, ranging in size from two gallons to six gallons, to be sold in a single lot.
Extremely Rare and Fine Morgantown School Redware Jar, Stamped "WM W BURCHNELL / LONDON," Madison County, OH origin, circa 1835. William Burchnell was evidently trained in Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia), and joined fellow Morgantown potter, James M. Thompson, Jr., in London, Ohio by 1830, establishing a pottery on the site of the town's Presbyterian Church. This colorfully-glazed jar is one of a few signed examples of Burchnell pottery known. H 10".
Exceptional Donaghho Jar. Very Rare Stoneware Canning or Tobacco Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "A.P. Donaghho, / Fredericktown, / Pa.," circa 1870.
This jar is the first example of this particular form we have seen bearing Donaghho stenciling. Its impressive large size and lack of the usual wax sealer rim suggests this jar may have been designed to hold another material, perhaps tobacco, rather than the usual preserved fruits and vegetables. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in the Midwestern U.S. H 10 1/2".
Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stamped "FOELL & ALT, / MANUFACTURERS. / EAST BIRMINGHAM. PA.," circa 1860. Literature: Pictured in Phil Schaltenbrand’s Big Ware Turners, p. 148.
Very Rare Stoneware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Henry H. or Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA. An exceptional form from Philadelphia's premier potting family, this pot includes an inscrutable cobalt name on underside, as well as a date, probably 1866. H 4" ; Diameter (across opening) 3 7/8".
Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed, Coggled, and Brushed Brown Slip Decoration, Stamped "WARNE & LETTs 1806 / S. AMBOY. N. JERSY," 1806.
Rare Six-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Iron Slip Decoration, Stamped "CHANDLER MAKER," Thomas Chandler, Edgefield, SC, circa 1850.
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