American Stoneware at its Finest.
Exceedingly Rare and Important Seven-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr. or Jr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1812-1829.
With its striking eagle design and outstanding open-handled cooler form, this example ranks as arguably the finest American stoneware object to come to auction since the iconic William Crolius inkstand set a then-record price for the medium at Sotheby's in 1991. The distinctive fanned floral motifs emanating from the bunghole link it to New-York-trained potters, Henry Remmey, Sr. and his son, Henry Harrison Remmey, while active in Baltimore, MD, circa 1812-1829. The cooler's well-potted form includes open loop handles with highly unusual added clay segments, which add structural stability and decorative flair. The cooler's exuberant figural decoration, grand size, and excellent form, are met with a brilliant and heavy cobalt-oxide application and light-colored clay body, both characteristic of the Remmeys' best Baltimore products.
Its eagle design, an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States, was almost certainly copied by the decorator from the reverse of coins in circulation at the time. Engraver Charles Sims's "heraldic eagle" appeared on the reverse of most coins from nickels to five-dollar gold pieces minted during the period of 1796 to 1807. His design, like that found on this watercooler, includes an eagle facing left (toward the arrows), its head encircled by stars and surmounted by stylized clouds.
When considering the craftsmanship, subject matter, form, and origin of this object, its importance as a purely-American work of ceramic art cannot be overstated. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor's father at a Pennsylvania estate auction in 1974. H 19 1/4".Click here to view our video about this piece.
Outstanding Edgefield Stoneware Discovery. Fine Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Edgefield District, SC origin, circa 1860-1870. This fresh-to-the-market example includes a well-formed nose and pronounced chin, and is potted in a unusual larger size. Examples of this style have been attributed to Lewis Miles' Stoney Bluff Manufactory, based on the recovery of distinctive face jug fragments from that site. Provenance: Recently discovered in New York State. H 7 5/8".
Elusive Early Form. Important Small-Sized Stoneware Spouted Vessel with Elaborate Impressed and Cobalt-Highlighted Drape Decoration, Manhattan, NY, fourth quarter 18th century.
Possibly colonial in age, this example is one of a small number of intact American stoneware objects of this form known. H 7 1/4".
Outstanding and Exceedingly Rare Stoneware Batter Pail with Elaborate Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration, attributed to Jacob Caire, Poughkeepsie, NY, circa 1845. H 9 7/8".
Important Shenandoah Valley Vase. Outstanding Open-Handled Redware Vase with Lead, Manganese, and Copper Glaze over Yellow Slip, Stamped Twice "BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA", Anthony Bacher, Winchester, VA, circa 1885.
This striking vase features one of the most visually-appealing glazes we have seen on an example of Bacher redware, incorporating daubs of bright-green copper oxide into his classic manganese-over-slip decorative scheme. This three-color treatment is considered rare among this potter's work. While many Bacher pieces succumbed to moderate to significant glaze wear and overall damage, the condition of this vase remains in essentially untouched condition with a brilliant luster. It ranks as one of the very finest examples of pottery we have handled by this highly-regarded Virginia artisan. H 9".
Exceptional One-Gallon Redware Jug with Profuse Sponged Manganese Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'," PA origin, circa 1870. This boldly-decorated example survives in essentially as-made condition.
Exceptional Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug with Two-Color Slip Floral and Bold-Faced "3", attributed to the C. Rhodes Factory, Shaw's Creek, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850.
This outstanding example features particularly well-defined slip decoration combining brushed iron-oxide and vivid kaolin highlights over a glossy green ground. The use of the three-gallon capacity designation as a decorative device, which blossoms like a flower from the design's central stem, adds to the folk art appeal of the jug. This example ranks as one of the finest pieces of Rhodes numeral-decorated ware to come to auction in the past decade. Provenance: A fresh-to-the- market example, purchased privately by the consignor nearly fifteen years ago.
New Jersey Stoneware Rosetta Stone. Exceedingly Rare and Important Large-Sized Stoneware Jar with Boldly-Brushed Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed "Made by David Bissett / Decemr the 4 1819", Old Bridge, NJ origin, 1819. This jar is one of a very few surviving examples of stoneware bearing a hand-incised signature by a member of the Bissett family of potters, based out of the important early American potting center of Old Bridge, New Jersey. It may serve as a basis for attribution of unsigned pieces produced by this family, of which numerous examples are believed to exist. Interestingly, the three petaled floral motif on the reverse can be related to early examples of Richmond, VA stoneware, which were influenced by New Jersey potting and decorating techniques. H 15 1/2".
Extremely Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Jug with Iron-Oxide Circle Decoration and Impressed Floral Design, attributed to Xerxes Price, Sayreville, NJ, early 19th century. H 15 1/2".
Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "W. NICHOLS / PO'KEEPSIE," New York State origin, circa 1823. One of a small number of signed examples of William Nichols stoneware known.
Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Pheasant-on-Stump Decoration, Stamped "J. NORTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1860.
Fine Small-Sized Stoneware Frog Mug with Cold-Painted Decoration, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1885. The Albany-slip-glazed surface includes the incised poem, "I love my native land. / Land of swamps and bogs. / I am the leader of her band / Louisville sweet land of Bully frogs.". H 3" ; Diam. (across opening) 3 3/8".
Important Edgefield Stoneware Discovery. Very Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Harvest Face Jug, Edgefield District, SC origin, circa 1860-1870.
Potted in an impressive large size with appealing harvest or monkey jug form, this Edgefield face vessel is possibly the finest example of the form to come to auction in years. The sculpting of the face includes well-defined ears, lightly-depressed areas to the base and midsection that mimic the jaw and cheek structure of a human face, and distinctive, almost-flattened kaolin eyes, which lack incised pupils. The jug's form, and aspects of the face, including the shapes of its eyes, ears, and nose, link to a small body of work by an as-yet-unidentified school or maker. Most prominent in this group is a monkey jug incised "Joe Kirksey", illustrated on p. 81, fig. 3.10 of Cinda K. Baldwin's book, Great and Noble Jar, and currently in the collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. A second more-closely related example is illustrated on the back cover of Baldwin, and currently resides in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found by the consignor in Connecticut several years ago. H 9 1/2".
Important Georgia Stoneware Discovery. Outstanding Salt-Glazed Stoneware Face Harvest Jug with Albany Slip Decoration, probably Barrow County, GA, circa 1880-1900. This recently-surfaced example includes a well-sculpted face, hair composed of incised combing, and Albany slip highlights to the hair, mustache, eyebrows, and eyes, applied under a very light salt glaze.
The founding father of the Barrow County style was Charles H. Ferguson, who was previously employed at Dr. Abner Landrum's Pottersville stoneware manufactory in the Edgefield District of South Carolina, circa 1815-1825. Ferguson described Landrum as a "good friend" in an undated mortgage document, and additional documents reference Ferguson's association with other potters who had worked with Landrum (Burrison, Brothers in Clay, p. 215). It is possible that face jug production in Barrow County may have been inspired by connections between the Ferguson and Landrum families, or possibly by the work of the many other Edgefield-trained potters who would later settle in Georgia. The salt glaze over Albany slip treatment on this jug can be found on utilitarian pieces made in Barrow County and Gillsville, Georgia. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in a Barrow County, GA family to its current owner. The consignor's great uncle was using it as his personal whiskey jug when he died in 1962. H 6 1/2" ; Diameter (across base) 5".
Outstanding Folk Sculpture. Large-Sized Stoneware Figure of a Seated Monkey with Top Hat and Whiskey Jug, Southern or Midwestern U.S., circa 1885. This impressive figure includes wheel-thrown construction to the animal's body and the whiskey jug clutched at his side. The Albany-slip-glazed surface features appealing polychrome cold paint to the face. The hollow interior of the hat may have allowed the figure to serve as a match safe. This sculpture appears to reference, either seriously or jokingly, the evils of alcohol consumption and is quite possibly related to the Temperance Movement. H 12".
Scarce One-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Milkpan with Kaolin Slip Decoration, Stamped "CHANDLER", Thomas Chandler, Edgefield, SC, circa 1850. Unusual form and rare maker's mark, which omits the word "MAKER".
Scarce Two-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug with Two-Color Slip Decoration, attributed to the C. Rhodes Factory, Edgefield, SC, circa 1850.
Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, possibly Crolius Family, circa 1795. The striking black slip highlighting the bird designs was possibly created by mixing cobalt oxide and manganese dioxide. One of the finest Manhattan bird-decorated pieces we have ever handled.
Extremely Rare Stoneware Jug with Incised Fish and Floral Decorations, Stamped "SH ADDINGTON / UTICA", New York State origin, circa 1830-1838. According to the book, Our County and Its People: A Descriptive Work on Oneida County, New York by Daniel Elbridge Wager, Addington would form a business relationship with potter, Noah White, and his son, Nicholas A. White, in 1838. The Whites would soon acquire Addington's pottery, and establish their long-standing Utica operation on this site. Attesting to the rarity of signed Addington stoneware is the fact that this jug is the first marked example of his work we have ever offered. H 14 1/4".
Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "N. CLARK & CO / LYONS", New York State origin, circa 1845.
Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Cobalt Decoration of a Man's Bust, Stamped "WHITES UTICA", New York State origin, circa 1865.
Monumental Eight-Gallon Stoneware Keg-Form Cooler with Incised Bird and Floral Motifs Decoration Flanked by Cobalt Butterflies, Stamped "CHARLESTOWN", MA origin, circa 1840. Impressive in form, size, and decoration, this cooler ranks as the finest example of signed Charlestown stoneware we have ever offered. H 18 1/2".
Outstanding and Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, circa 1790. This example includes wonderful color and survives in remarkable condition, particularly when considering its age.
Exceptional One-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape Motif, Stamped "COMMERAWS STONEWARE", Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, circa 1800. The finest jar we have ever offered featuring the potter's well-known "COMMERAWS STONEWARE" maker's mark.
Very Fine One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Vertical Handles and Incised Floral Decoration with Combed Accents, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1800.
Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Hunt Scene Pitcher, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO", circa 1870. This example includes highly-unusual incised details to the faces of the animals on each side.
Exceptional Diminutive Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Inscribed in Cobalt "Roseville Ohio" and "Charlie Melick", Roseville, Perry County, Ohio origin, circa 1875. H 10".
A Charles Melick, aged 2, is listed in the 1870 Federal Census for Perry County, Ohio, with a father whose occupation is listed as "Deals in Stoneware." This churn was probably made as a gift for young Charlie at some point in the 1870's.
Exceedingly Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Cobalt Standing Lion Decoration, Stamped "F. STETZENMEYER / ROCHESTER, NY", circa 1850.
This restored jar combines one of the most highly-prized designs and makers in Northeastern American stoneware. The artistically-executed lion, with its flowing mane, overlapping tail, and profuse striped and spotted embellishments, reveals the hand of a true master of slip-trailed decoration. Figural designs by Frederick Stetzenmeyer are considered extremely rare. To our knowledge, this jar is the first Stetzenmeyer piece with lion decoration to come to auction in decades.
Possibly Unique Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Tree and Face Decoration, Stamped "F. STETZENMEYER & Co. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.", circa 1850. Decorations other than floral motifs are considered highly unusual among known Frederick Stetzenmeyer products.
Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Lion Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1855. This wonderfully-decorated example includes a full mane and spotted body to the lion, a tree and fence to the animal's right, and heavy ground cover below.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Flying Hawk Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1855.
Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Pheasant-on-Stump Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON VT", circa 1855.
Three-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Reclining Deer Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1855.
Unusual Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Bird-on-Branch Decoration, Stamped "T. HARRINGTON / LYONS", New York State origin, circa 1860.
Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Slip-Trailed Cobalt Bird and Floral Decoration, Stamped "GEDDES, NY", circa 1855.
Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Cobalt Decoration of a Horse Tied to a Tree, Stamped "NORTH BAY," John Waelde, North Bay, New York, circa 1860
Western PA Cooler of Southern Interest. Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Cobalt Swag Decoration, Stenciled "TURNER BROS. / GROCERS / NASHVILLE", Stamped "A. RUSSELL / BEAVER, PA", circa 1875-1885.
Exceptional Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Stripe Decoration, Stenciled "Samuel Booker / Louisville, Ky.", Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1875.
Very Rare Three-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Star and Freehand Decoration, Stenciled "SAMUEL BOOKER / Louisville. Ky.", Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1875.
Rare Twenty-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Advertising Jar with Stenciled Eagle and Elaborate Freehand Brushwork, Stenciled "STAR POTTERY" and "CHARLES MILLER / MATAMORAS OHIO", Hamilton & Jones, Greensboro, PA, circa 1875. H 23 3/4".
Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Inscribed "EAGLE POTTERY", James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA, circa 1875.
Outstanding Five-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand and Stenciled Star Decorations, Stenciled "Hamilton & Jones / Greensboro / Greene Co. Pa.," circa 1870.
Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Advertising Jug with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "EAGLE POTTERY" and "BAYLESS McCARTHY / & CO. / LOUISVILLE KY", James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA, circa 1875.
Exceptional Two-Gallon Stoneware Advertising Jug with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "EAGLE POTTERY" and "BAYLESS McCARTHY / & CO. / LOUISVILLE KY", James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA, circa 1875.
Scarce Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Folky Cobalt Diving Fish Decoration, Ohio origin, circa 1875.
Rare Miniature Salesman's Sample Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Ohio origin, possibly Asa E. Spencer, Portage County, Ohio, circa 1850. H 4 1/8".
Very Rare One-Gallon Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Presentation Jug with Incised Bird Scene, Inscribed "1892 / Compliments of T.D. Conner / From Grand Chain Pottery / August 14th 1892 / Drawn by A.B.", Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois origin, 1892. H 10".
Rare One-Gallon Southern Stoneware Jar, Stamped "H. WILSON & CO.," Guadalupe County, Texas, origin, circa 1869-1884. Produced at the important shop of free African-American potter, Hiram Wilson. H 9 1/2".
Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Clamshell Decoration, Stamped "CORLEARS HOOK", Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, circa 1810.
An Important Link to the 18th Century Style. Possibly Unique Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring and Star Decorations, Stamped "C. CROLIUS / STONEWARE / MANUFACTURER / Manhattan-Wells. / NEW YORK", circa 1810.
Archaelogical evidence from Manhattan's African Burial Ground indicates the Crolius family decorated their ware with brushed cobalt "watchspring" motifs, typically associated with New Jersey potteries, during a period in the 18th century. It is believed that the Crolius family sherds bearing such designs may actually predate pieces produced by Captain James Morgan of Cheesequake, NJ and the Kemple family of Ringoes, NJ. The jar to be auctioned shows a clear connection to the decorative style of Clarkson Crolius's ancestors. It is the only example of Crolius stoneware (as well as the only example of 19th century stoneware) that we have seen featuring a watchspring design. H 10 1/2".
Extremely Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Federal Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "A. BOOTH", Western PA origin, circa 1865.
Exceptional Redware Loaf Dish with Three-Color Joggled Decoration, Connecticut origin, early 19th century. A remarkable work in terms of color, condition, and decorative technique, this loaf dish is believed to be the finest example of its kind in existence. L 14 1/2".
Exceptional Redware Loaf Dish with Latticework Slip Decoration, Pennsylvania origin, early 19th century. This boldly-decorated example of early American tableware survives in extraordinary condition with an essentially untouched interior. One of the finest loaf dishes we have ever offered. L 13 3/4".
Very Rare Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Distinctive Impressed Handles, Stamped "IEG," Isaac E. Gay, Buffalo, Kershaw County, SC, circa 1880. Provenance: Recently surfaced in the Chicago, Illinois area. H 13".
Fine and Scarce Four-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J.W.S. & CO. / PINE HOUSE, / S.C.," John W. Seigler Pottery, Shaw's Creek, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1860. H 14 1/2".
Fine Sgraffito-Decorated Redware Plate with Flowering Urn Motif, possibly Henry Roudebush, Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA, circa 1815. This brilliantly-colored example includes bright copper slip brushwork throughout and survives in strong condition. Diameter 9 3/4".
Exceedingly Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Cat Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865. This example features sharp contrast between the dark cobalt slip and gray clay ground, and is potted in a desirable one-gallon size. It is the only example of its kind by this maker we are aware of. H 11".
One-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Elaborate Cobalt Grapes and Floral Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865.While the majority of Cowden & Wilcox batter pails succumbed to some form of damage from use, most commonly to the spout, this examples survives in exceptional, near-flawless condition. H 9 3/4".
Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "T.H. WILLSON & CO. / HARRISBURG. PA", circa 1852-1855.
Fine Diminutive Glazed Redware Pitcher, Stamped "JOHN BELL", Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840-1880. This example is potted in a desirable small size, survives in exceptional condition, and retains a brilliant luster to the lead-glazed surface. H 5 1/4".
Outstanding and Very Rare Diminutive Glazed Redware Jug, Incised "Made by C.F. Bell / Sept. th 19 1884," Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'", PA origin, 1884. Of interesting note is the 1884 date on this example, which indicates John Bell's sons were still employing their father's stamp after his death in 1880. H 5 1/2".
Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug with Rock Teeth, Signed "Lanier Meaders", Cleveland, GA origin, third quarter 20th century. H 10 1/4".
Important and Possibly Unique Miniature Stoneware Presentation Pitcher, Impressed "LYDIA FERREN", attributed to Frederick Carpenter, Charlestown, MA, circa 1810. This pitcher is noteworthy on a number of levels. It is the first American stoneware example of the form that we have seen with a single handle placed on the vessel's side as opposed to its reverse. In addition, its diminutive size, presentation inscription, and employment of both cobalt and iron decorations, are all highly unusual characteristics among known Carpenter products. Census research indicates this pitcher was most likely made for Lydia Raymond Ferrin (1789 - 1890), wife of Samuel Ferrin, a well-known brick maker in Charlestown. H 4 1/4".
Exceptional One-Gallon Stoneware with Elaborate Flowering Plant Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1790-1800. H 11 3/4".
Exceptional Miniature Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird on Stump Decoration, Northeastern U.S., probably Connecticut origin, circa 1820. Height 5 1/2".
Extremely Rare and Important Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Pomegranate Decoration, attributed to the Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, New Jersey, circa 1746-1795. This jar is significant among the few Kemple jars we have sold in that it is the first we have offered featuring early American watchspring motifs along with the Kemples' classic pomegranate designs on the same piece. H 11 1/2".
Exceptional Southern Folk Sculpture. Important and Possibly Unique Figural Stoneware Bank, attributed to the J.L. Matthews Pottery, Rock Mills, Alabama, circa 1890-1910. The modeling of the face and eyes reveals a level of sophistication not seen in other figural pieces from this school, which have a more stylized or "grotesque" appearance. The addition of an urn held in front of the figure is a remarkable decorative feature unknown to us in any other Southern sculptural works from the period. Its inclusion into the design dramatically increases the object's value as a work of folk art. Given that this piece was made as a coin bank, a possible interpretation of this sculpture is that the figure represents a beggar holding out a pot to receive money. While a small number of human-form jugs and decorative figures from Alabama are known, this piece is the only figural bank from this state that we have seen. Southern figural stoneware of this quality is rarely made available at public auction. Literature: For an example from the same school, see Christie's, Jan. 15, 1999, The John Gordon Sale of Folk Americana, lots 1167. For more information on Alabama face vessels and photos of similar examples, see pp. 92-93 of The African-American Tradition in Decorative Arts by John Michael Vlach, University of Georgia Press, 1978. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, discovered in the attic of a home in Alabama, wrapped in a quilt. H 9".
Very Rare Sewer Tile Folk Sculpture of a Soldier's Bust, probably Odell Pickens, Chattanooga Valley, Georgia origin, circa 1920. Family history states this sculpture was made by the African-American tile pottery worker, Odell Pickens, or an associated family member. Pickens is listed in the 1920 census as born in 1895 and working as a "fireman", most likely a kiln operator, at a tile works in Chattanooga Valley, Georgia. Provenance: Ex-Tony and Marie Shank. This lot includes two brief letters regarding its possible maker. Hat and one epaulet lost during the firing. Some small losses to coat. H 8 1/2" ; L 10 1/2".
Very Rare Miniature Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Inscribed "Joseph Morgan", New York State or New Jersey origin, early 19th century. Miniature stoneware pieces from this early time period are exceptionally rare. While the identity of Joseph Morgan could not be determined, he was possibly a relative of, or potter within, the Morgan families of New Jersey or Manhattan, NY. H 5 3/4".
Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Floral Decoration, Stamped "D. WILLIAMS / POUGHKEEPSIE", New York State origin, circa 1815-1820. According to George Lukacs' book, Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, Durrell Williams established Poughkeepsie's earliest stoneware pottery in 1797 with a partner, James Egbert. He would later purchase the shop of William Carroll during the 1815-1820 time period, establishing his own individually-owned shop. This jug is one of a very few signed examples of Durrell Williams stoneware known.
Extremely Rare One-Pint Stoneware Jug with Coggled Decoration, Stamped "MADE BY J. LETTS / SOUTH AMBOY", New Jersey origin, circa 1810. This jug is the smallest signed example of South Amboy stoneware we have ever seen. H 8".
Outstanding and Extremely Rare Squat-Formed Stoneware Jar with Open Handles and Incised Foliate Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1800. H 6 1/4" ; Diameter (across top) 6 7/8".
Rare and Fine Half-Gallon Open-Handled Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, probably Crolius Family, early 19th century. H 7 1/4".
Rare and Fine One-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1770-1790. H 9 1/4".
Outstanding One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Spotted Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865.
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Bird-on-Stump Decoration, Inscribed "Harisburg", attributed to Cowden & Wilcox, Harrisburg, PA, circa 1865. Provenance: Recently found in Central Pennsylvania home.
Fine and Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bird-in-Wreath Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG . PA", circa 1865.
Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Child-in-Cradle Bank, Inscribed "Rastus", probably Pennsylvania origin, circa 1860-1880. One of a few examples of this form known. Another bank of this style was sold in Crocker Farm, Inc.'s May 21, 2005 auction, and was previously of the Bill Bertoia and Seaman's Bank collections. Provenance: Ex-Tony and Marie Shank; Ex-James and Nancy Glazer Antiques, 1995; Ex-William Koch Collection, Centre County, PA. One foot reglued. Otherwise excellent condition. L 4 3/4".
Anna Pottery Stoneware World's Fair Pig Flask, Anna, IL origin, Dated 1893. This pig, along with others from this period, was produced from a mold that includes particularly fine detail to the face. L 7".
Rare Diminutive Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Inscription, "ANNA Pottery", Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880. H 6".
Rare Miniature "Dewey Remember the Maine?" Jug with Cobalt Ship Decoration, Incised "Made by Ferd Force", Akron Stoneware Company, Akron, Ohio origin, circa 1900. The 1900 Federal Census for Summit County, OH lists Ferdnand Force, age 21, with the occupation, "Asst. Supt. Akron Stone Ware". H 3 1/2".
Outstanding Large-Sized Stoneware Lion Plaque with Cold-Painted Surface, probably Midwestern origin, fourth quarter 19th century. L 20" ; H 10 5/8".
Rare Molded Stoneware Pitcher with Outstanding Blue Coloration and Figural Handle, attributed to D. & J. Henderson, Jersey City, NJ, circa 1829-1833. H 9 1/4".
Outstanding and Rare Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Federal Shield Design, Stamped "J.C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY", New York State origin, circa 1860.
Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Star Decoration, Dated 1872, Stamped "BROWN BROTHER / HUNTINGTON / L.I.". This jug is the only example of Brown Brothers stoneware we have seen decorated in this manner, and is considered one of the finest examples from this historic site to come to auction in years. Provenance: Donald Matties Collection.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Bird Eating Grapes Decoration, Stamped Twice "BOSTON", Jonathan Fenton, Boston, MA, late 18th century. Fenton's bird-eating-grapes motif is considered quite difficult-to-find. This jar is the first bearing this design we have ever offered. H 12 3/4".
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Folky Cobalt Willow Tree Decoration, Stamped "CLARK & Co. / ROCHESTER", New York State origin, circa 1840.
Scarce and Very Fine Stoneware Master Salt with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, New York State origin, circa 1845. H 1 1/2" ; Diameter (across top) 2 1/2".
Slip-Decorated Redware Loaf Dish, Huntington, Long Island, New York origin, circa 1807-1860. Provenance: Donald Matties Collection. L 12 3/4" ; W 8 1/4".
Fine Slip-Decorated Redware Plate, Huntington, Long Island, New York origin, circa 1807-1860. Diameter 9 1/8".
Exceptional Small-Sized Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Canning Jar with Stenciled Thistle, Stenciled "Greensboro", Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1875. H 6 7/8".
One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to John P. Schermerhorn, Henrico County, VA, circa 1817-1837. From a large selection of jars from the James River Valley of Virginia to be offered.
Shenandoah Valley Redware Lamb Doorstop, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, late 19th century. Provenance: A printed label on the underside indicates it descended in a Crossroads, PA family, and was purchased at a Richard Moyer auction in 1992. L 11 3/4".
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