Southern Stoneware Masterpiece.
Exceedingly Rare and Important Seven-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed and Cobalt-Highlighted Horse Motifs and Elaborate Brushed Floral Decoration, Stamped "S. BELL," Samuel Bell, Winchester, VA, circa 1840.
Considered to be the masterpiece of Shenandoah Valley potter, Samuel Bell, this outstanding jar features four horse designs in cantering and standing poses around the body of the jar. It stands as the only example of figural-decorated stoneware known to have been produced by Samuel Bell. In a broader context, decoration of this type and quality from the entire state of Virginia is considered extremely rare. The visual appeal of the horse designs is compounded by the jar's grand size, measuring seven gallons, the largest known capacity of a vessel from this potter's Winchester period of production. The method of decoration, involving an impressed template to form the horses' bodies, is a highly unusual treatment in American stoneware in general. The use of alternating images of a standing and moving horse is reminiscent of early efforts in the motion picture industry, imbuing a sense of motion and vitality to the jar. This iconic work is irrefutably the finest example of Virginia stoneware to come to auction in decades, and the most important piece of Bell family pottery to come to auction since this jar sold in 1978. Height 16". Provenance: Sotheby's Parke-Bernet Galleries, Feb. 1-3, 1978, lot #16; William E. Wiltshire, III Collection. Exhibited: Williamsburg, Virginia, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, May 25 - October 4, 1975. Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Wiltshire, Folk Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley, New York, 1975, p. 52, pl. 17.View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Outstanding Norton Discovery.
Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Elaborate Cobalt-Decorated Scene Including Three Houses, a Reclining Stag, and Pheasant-on-Stump, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855. A wonderfully-decorated example featuring three of the Nortons iconic stoneware designs. The addition of a slip-trailed sky and profuse cobalt application around the bung hole are unusual treatments. Provenance: Recently found in a basement in Connecticut.View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Exceptional Civil War Jug.
Exceedingly Rare and Important Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Civil War Soldier Wearing a Shako Cap, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. One of the finest examples of COWDEN & WILCOX stoneware known, and arguably the finest example of stoneware from the State of Pennsylvania to come to auction in years.View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Important and Unique Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt and Manganese Slip Eagle Decoration, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, mid 19th century. Distinctive Morgantown five-gallon capacity mark impressed on top of rim. Recently found in a Pennsylvania home, this jar is one of the finest examples of West Virginia stoneware to cross the auction block in years. With its delicately-brushed, two-color decoration of a spread-winged eagle atop a flowering vine with grapes, the detail and artistry of this example is arguably unmatched in any other known example of Thompson family stoneware. This jar includes hand-formed, ribbed handles, suggesting it was made before the well-known extruded handles from this pottery were employed. The vessel can be viewed as a significant link in the evolution of Morgantown figural decoration, a transitional piece made between the floral-decorated ovoids of the pottery's early stoneware period and the cylindrical people, bird, and animal jars of later years. To our knowledge, it is the only example of Morgantown stoneware in existence bearing an eagle decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in a Central Pennsylvania home.View this lot in our online catalog.
Outstanding Anna Pottery Centennial Jug.
Extremely Rare Stoneware Temperance Jug with Profuse Applied Snake Decoration, Inscribed "By / Kirkpatrick / Anna Union Co. Ill / Jan. 1st 1876".
Alive with numerous snakes, a frog, hand-modeled man's bust, and "nice young man just going in," this tour-de-force of American folk sculpture is noticeably similar to an example presented by the Kirkpatricks to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. later that year. It has been theorized that this jug was a prototype for that gift. The jug to be auctioned features an impressive total of fourteen snakes in feeding, stalking, slithering, and coiled poses-- life-like artistry in stoneware, which only the Kirkpatricks could capture. H 10 3/4". View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Important Anna Pottery Pitcher.
Unique One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Hand-Modeled Figural Decoration of a Railroad Conductor, Incised "Here,s to Paps Heath," and Signed "Anna Pottery / Anna Ill / Aug 1884".
The folky figure of a portly man on the pitcher's front includes wonderful hand-modeled and incised detail, including a goatee, cap, collared shirt, pocket watch, and hands tucked into pants, one with thumb exposed. Cobalt-highlighted incised work forms a striking backdrop behind the figure. While a great number of jug forms by the Kirkpatrick brothers are known, relatively few Anna Pottery pitchers are known, needless to say, even fewer of this quality. The slogan at the top of the pitcher is probably intended to read "Here's to Pap's Health," a humorous, tongue-in-cheek statement given the fact that the pitcher presumably held beer. A remarkable example, which showcases the Kirkpatricks proficiency at throwing, hand-modeling, and incising. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a New England private collection. H 9 3/4".View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Important Anna Pottery Presentation Jar.
Unique Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Incised and Cobalt-Highlighted Floral Decoration and Girl's Face, Signed on Reverse "C. & W. Kirkpatrick / Anna, Ill / July 30, 1873". This outstanding jar features a folky incised design of a girl's face with handle in the form of the child's bonnet. The rim is incised with thirteen slashes, suggesting the jar was possibly made as a thirteenth birthday present for a relative or local girl.
Despite their commonness among other potteries' work, any signed jar form produced by the Kirkpatrick brothers is considered very rare. This example was made relatively early in the brothers' Anna operation, a period from which few signed pieces have survived, before the majority of their snake jugs, pig bottles, and other iconic forms were made. The idea that this jar was reportedly made as a family piece for a Kirkpatrick relative adds to its significance. The jar also exemplifies the Kirkpatricks proficiency at incised decoration, as well as their ability to use typical stoneware vessel features as clever representations. Just as a snake forms the handle of many of their jugs, a girl's bonnet forms the handle of this jar. H 12 3/4". Ex-The Stradlings, New York. Exhibited in "The Kirkpatricks' Pottery at Anna, Illinois," Traveling Museum Exhibition, 1986-87.View this lot in our online catalog.
Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Large-Sized Incised Decoration of an Owl and Two Birds with a Banner, attributed to Brayton & Kellogg, Utica, NY, circa 1827-1833. Height 15". View this lot in our online catalog.
Exceedingly Rare Diminutive Stoneware Oyster Jar with Cobalt-Highlighted Advertising, "D.J. & Co. No. 24 / LUMBER STREET / N. YORK," Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. Made for African-American oysterman, Daniel Johnson, this jar is the only Commeraw oyster jar we have seen with applied cobalt in the impressed advertising. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased years ago in the Northeastern U.S. Height 5 3/8". View this lot in our online catalog.
Historically Significant Snake Flask.
Extremely Rare Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Snake Flask, Incised "Harper's $500.00 / Little Brown Jug / 1883" and Signed and Dated on Underside "Anna Pottery / 1884," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL. This fine example, of unusual large size and pinched flask form, references Illinois's Harper's High License Law of 1883. Inspired by the high license temperance movement, Harper's Law placed a minimum annual license fee of $500 for the sale of liquors, thereby drastically reducing the presence of saloons and other liquor establishments in Illinois. Height 8 3/4". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor over thirty years ago. Found in the early 20th century on an Indian Reservation in Wewoka, OK. Literature: Reportedly illustrated and discussed in an early issue of Antiques Magazine. View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Outstanding Sgraffito Jar.
Exceedingly Rare and Important Slip-Decorated Redware Jar with Profuse Sgraffito Star, Tulip, and Heart Decorations, Dated 1820, attributed to Solomon Grimm, Rockland Township, Berks County, PA, 1820. This boldly-decorated example features stars with floral interiors and flame-like borders, flank by tulips emanating from a heart. For a similar example, see Pook & Pook, Collection of Lester and Barbara Breininger, Nov. 11, 2011, Lot #127. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a forty-year Mid-Atlantic antiques collection. H 7". View this lot in our online catalog.
Important Southern Pottery Discovery.
Exceedingly Rare Glazed Redware Mug with Profuse Three-Color Slip Decoration, Alamance County, North Carolina origin, late 18th or early 19th century. Coated in a reddish slip wash and profusely-decorated with tulip plants flanked by distinctive stripes and spots, this mug is one of a very few Alamance County mugs from this period known. H 6". View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Exceptional Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Shaving Mug, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Outstanding color and remarkable condition. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased decades ago in the Mid-Atlantic region. H 4 1/2". View this lot in our online catalog.
Rare Eight-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Stenciled Floral Decoration, Stenciled "JAMES HAMILTON / & CO. / GREENSBORO / PA," circa 1875. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a forty-year Mid-Atlantic collection.View this lot in our online catalog.
Outstanding Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Double Pheasant Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855. Rare large size and desirable Norton design. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the consignor's family.View this lot in our online catalog.
Important Early Teapot.
Exceedingly Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Teapot with Impressed Bird Decoration and Coggled Design, attributed to Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts, South Amboy, NJ, early 19th century. This outstanding, recently-discovered example features the distinctive impressed bird design found on signed Warne & Letts jars. It is the only teapot from South Amboy, New Jersey we are aware of. One of the rarest and most coveted stoneware forms known. For 18th century examples of this form, see Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America by Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood. Provenance: Purchased by the consignor at an Eastern Pennsylvania antiques show approximately forty years ago. H 8 1/2".View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Large Cobalt Bird Decoration, Stamped "J.B. PFALTZGRAFF & CO. / YORK, PA," circa 1875. From a selection of Pfaltzgraff stoneware to be sold in our October auction, deaccessioned from the Pfalzgraff Company Archives.View this lot in our online catalog.
Important Moravian Discovery.
Outstanding Green-Glazed Redware Fish Bottle, Salem, NC origin, circa 1804-29. This fish bottle was dipped in a heavy green slip composed of copper oxide and kaolin, then coated in a clear lead glaze. It includes a possibly-unique orange-accented eye, created by applying an orange slip or scraping away some of the green slip prior to applying the clear lead glaze. Another rare feature is the bottle's flattened base, a post-molding alteration, which allows the fish to sit on its stomach. Provenance: A recently-discovered example from a Northeastern U.S. antiques collection assembled during the mid 20th century. L 7 3/8". View this lot in our online catalog.Click here to view our video about this piece.
Exceptional Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Washbowl Set, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. This set is possibly the finest-glazed example of this popular Shenandoah Valley form known, with profuse amounts of copper decoration covering the pitcher. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Literature: Southern Folk Art, Edited by Cynthia Elyce Rubin, Published by Oxmoor House, Inc., 1985. Bowl pictured in large color photo on p. 29; Pitcher pictured in large color photo on p. 30.View this lot in our online catalog.
Alkaline-Glazed Southern Stoneware Double Face Jug, Signed "Lanier Meaders," Cleveland, GA, 20th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Massachusetts. H 9 1/4".View this lot in our online catalog.
Western PA Stenciling at its Best.
Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Stenciled Cobalt Tavern Scene, Stenciled "From / James Hamilton & Co. / Greensboro, Pa.," circa 1875. This iconic design, one of a few examples known, features three men drinking around a table, the left figure falling back in his chair with a glass and bottle in his hands, the central figure sitting upright with a glass and bottle, and the right figure with distinctive cap and arm draped over the chair's back. This ambitious and painstakingly-produced stencil was likely difficult to apply accurately, and, due to its fineness, may have broken shortly after its creation, leading to a very limited production. Rarely is such liveliness achieved in American stoneware stenciled motifs. Provenance: Recently discovered in Texas.View this lot in our online catalog.
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Grapes Decoration, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA," circa 1870. While others may exist, this jug is the only example of signed M. & T. Miller stoneware with grapes decoration we have seen. Literature: Phil Schaltenbrand, BIG WARE TURNERS, p. 85.View this lot in our online catalog.
Extremely Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Turtle Decoration, Stamped "D. Ack / Mooresburg, Pa," circa 1875. Literature: Pictured in Phil Schaltenbrand, BIG WARE TURNERS, p. 64.View this lot in our online catalog.
Very Rare Rockingham-Glazed Anna Pottery Pig Bottle with Incised Railroad Map, Inscribed "from / Sanford Wells & Co. / N 214 N. Main St / St Louis Mo" and "with a little Fine old Bourbon in a," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880. L 7 1/4". View this lot in our online catalog.
Very Fine Small-Sized Stoneware Jar with Impressed and Cobalt-Highlighted Decoration, Stamped "S. AMBOY N. JERSY," Thomas Warne and Joshua Letts, South Amboy, New Jersey, early 19th century. H 7 1/2".View this lot in our online catalog.
Extremely Rare Matched Pair of Rockingham-Glazed Spaniels, Stamped "W. H. FARRAR," Geddes, NY origin, circa 1860. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market pair, purchased by the consignor decades ago.View this lot in our online catalog.
Extremely Rare Redware Platter with Manganese "Oyster Shell" and Central Star Designs, Stamped "J. McCULLY / TRENTON," New Jersey origin, 19th century. The rarity of the maker's mark and aesthetics of the subject matter arguably rank this platter as one of the finest works of Trenton, New Jersey, redware known. Its unusual curvilinear graduated line decoration resembling an oyster shell suggest it may have been used to serve oysters. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. L 19 3/4".View this lot in our online catalog.
Exceptional Donaghho Jar.
Extremely Rare Six-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Signature, "A.P. Donaghho / Fredericktown / Wash Co / Pa," circa 1865. The lavish freehand signature, indicating the jar was made during Donaghho's early Fredericktown period of production, ranks this piece among the finest Alexander Polk Donaghho products known. View this lot in our online catalog.
Excellent One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Fish Decoration, Boston, Massachusetts origin, early 19th century. An elegantly-potted example with narrow base and crisply-impressed fish motif. Provenance: Recently found in a Northeastern U.S. home. H 13 1/2".View this lot in our online catalog.
Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "HARRINGTON & BURGER / ROCHESTER," New York State origin, circa 1852-1854.View this lot in our online catalog.
Rare and Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "LYONS," Thompson Harrington, Lyons, NY, circa 1855. A rare form for this maker, with an early-style design reflecting Harrington's Rochester, NY period.View this lot in our online catalog.
Lot of 2: Very Rare Coggle-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1880, with Contemporary Copy by Jerry Beaumont and the Late Don Carpentier, 2014. The reproduction pitcher in this lot was hand-thrown and decorated by Sunnybrook, MD master potter, Jerry Beaumont, with a coggle wheel modeled after the Richard C. Remmey's tool made by the late Don Carpentier of Eastfield Village, East Nassau, NY. H (of Remmey pitcher) 6 7/8".View this lot in our online catalog.
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