Exceptional Figural Decoration. Possibly Unique Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of a Hatted Rider with Whip atop a Horse, Stamped "M. TYLER. MANUFACTURER / WASHINGTON .ST .ALBANY.", New York State origin, circa 1835. This design is exceedingly rare in American stoneware production in general and virtually unknown in the potting tradition of Albany, which typically utilized incised fish and bird motifs on its best work. H 12 3/4".
Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Seated Lion Decoration, Stamped "J. BURGER. JR. / ROCHESTER. N.Y.", circa 1885. The lion motif remains one of the most iconic of Northeastern U.S. stoneware designs. The animal's seated stance on this churn is highly unusual among known Burger family products. H 20".
Baltimore Bird. Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1820. Very few Baltimore stoneware jugs are known with decoration of any sort, and this example is first we have seen featuring an incised design by the Remmey family. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor twenty years ago. H 11 1/2".
Edgefield Discovery. Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug with Glazed Kaolin Eyes and Teeth, Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield District, South Carolina origin, circa 1870. This recent discovery was likely produced early in the production of face vessels at Miles Mill. The spout lacks the flattened molding distinctive to Miles Mills pieces. In addition, this example displays a more ovoid form and features glazing to the eyes, traits uncommon to the majority of Miles Mils face vessels known. Literature: An example by the same hand or school of craftsmanship is pictured on p. 80 of Baldwin's Great and Noble Jar and resides in the collection of the Charleston Museum, Charleston, SC. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the same source as lot #209 in our October 17, 2015 auction and lot #354 in our March 19, 2016 auction. H 6".
Important and Possibly Unique Stoneware Puzzle Mug with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. This outstanding work is the only American stoneware example of a puzzle mug in the English style that we are aware of, produced at one of the nation's most well-known and collected pottery operations. Typical English puzzle mugs utilize a piercing in the body of the vessel that connects to a hollow handle, which then leads to an opening to drink from near the top. This example, however, is pierced with a small hole directly through the wall of the mug and handle base. One of the most interesting pieces from the Remmeys' Philadelphia period that we have ever offered. Provenance: Christie's, Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Flanders Smith, June 3, 1995, Lot 207. H 6 1/2".
Extremely Rare and Fine Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Inscribed "C.F. Bell", Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO", PA origin, circa 1860. A wonderful example of Bell family decoration and glazing, bearing the brushed signature of John Bell's son, Charles Frederick Bell. H 7 3/4".
Outstanding Stoneware Rundlet with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to H.H. Zigler, Newville, PA, circa 1852-1865. An exceedingly rare form in the work of Pennsylvania stoneware potters and one of the finest examples of Newville, PA stoneware to come to auction in the past several years. H 11".
Important West Virginia Spaniel. Exceedingly Rare Stoneware Spaniel on Base with Elaborate Cobalt Spot Decoration, Incised on Underside "Ben Taylor / D.P. / P. W. VA", Ben Taylor at the A.P. Donaghho Pottery, Parkersburg, WV, circa 1890. This heavily-decorated spaniel bears the distinction of being the only signed spaniel known from Alexander P. Donaghho's well-known Parkersburg stoneware manufactory. Census research indicates Ben Taylor was a pottery worker active at Donaghho's shop in 1890. The base includes an unusual treatment of darker cobalt rectangles inset with lighter cobalt spots. Spaniels produced at Donaghho's pottery remain scarce and this example is believed to be finest from this highly-collected site known. H 9 1/4".
Extremely Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Doll's Head with Cloth Body, Painted Wooden Bed, and Doll's Coverlet, Western PA origin, circa 1875. This doll's head, a coveted Western PA form, is only the second example we have seen retaining its original cloth body. It is the only example we have seen that includes its original bed and coverlet. H (of head) 2 1/2" ; L (of body) 12".
Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Bird-on-Flower Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER", New York State origin, circa 1860. Exceptional size and decoration. H 14 1/8".
Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Presentation Bank, Inscribed in Block Letters, "VIRGINIA", New Jersey origin, circa 1860. H 5".
Fine and Rare Stoneware Christmas Day Presentation Bank with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Inscribed "John Kelly / Dec. 25th / 1872", attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, 1872.
Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Stenciled "PRIME BUTTER / JOHN E. TAYLOR & SON / LAUREL POINT, WEST VA", circa 1875. This example, one of only two of its kind known, features strong decoration, exceptional advertising, and an inset rim to seal butter inside, a treatment typical of canning jars from the region. H 15".
Very Rare One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher, Stenciled "BOYERS & HARDEN / PALATINE / W VA", circa 1875. This example, one of a small number of Palatine pitchers known, features unusually vibrant cobalt slip. H 11 1/4".
Significant Southern Discovery. Possibly Unique Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Tea Canister, Inscribed "Mistress Harmitage / her Cannister / Made By Philip / Anthony 1795", Kentucky origin, 1795. This recently-surfaced work is distinguished as one of the earliest dated ceramic objects of Southern manufacture known. Comparison of the signature of Philip Anthony with a period document verifies the identity of the canister's maker. According to Tennessee Potteries, Pots, and Potters ..., by Samuel D. Smith and Stephen T. Rogers, Anthony--who would later found his long-standing pottery in Nashville--began his career in Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky, appearing there by 1800. This piece was made by Anthony when he was about 21 years of age. Coupled with the rarity of its maker and period of production is its form. Few American redware tea canisters are known. This six-sided example is potted with a fine, thin-walled construction and includes later cold-painted scenes on two sides. Provenance: Ex-Clark Garrett. H 6 1/2".
Possibly Unique Miniature Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Butter Crock, Incised "Xerxes Price / Made 1841", Sayreville, NJ, 1841. This recently-discovered piece was made when Xerxes Price was 64 years old, just four years before his death, and is believed to be the only surviving example of stoneware bearing this important New Jersey potter's hand-incised signature. H 2 3/8" ; Diameter 4 1/4".
Fine Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Railroad Map, Inscribed "By Anna Pottery / 1880", Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, 1880. This example features an unusual treatment of salt glaze over dipped Albany slip, resulting in an appealing mottled surface ranging in color from yellow to brown. L 6 1/4"
Early Morgantown Jar. Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Coggled Town Scene, Molded Handles, and Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Stamped "MORGANTOWN POTTERY", Thompson Family, Morgantown, WV, circa 1855-1860. This important jar likely predates the Thompsons' major period of "people crock" production and features an elusive "MORGANTOWN POTTERY" maker's mark. Its intricate coggling depicts two different Federal-style houses, a tree, and elaborate arched fencing. H 13".
Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Maker's Stenciling, A.P. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WV, circa 1875. The first jar of its type we have ever offered, featuring three stenciled Donaghho marks in a diagonal pattern and two running vertically down the body of the jar. H 9 3/4".
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Woman and Parasol Decoration, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860-1865. Relatively few people-decorated jugs from Morgantown are known.
Bennington Beauty. Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Exuberant Flowering Urn, House, and Fence Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", Incised "Benning / Bennington", circa 1855. This wonderfully-decorated jar features an oversized flowering urn in bold, thickly-applied cobalt characteristic of this manufactory's best work. Indicating this jar was most likely a specially-made or presentation piece is the highly unusual, hand-incised inscription on the underside, which reads "Benning / Bennington". H 15".
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Running Zebra, Stamped "WEST TROY / N.Y. / POTTERY", New York State origin, circa 1875.
Fine Snow Hill Nunnery Redware Bowl, attributed to John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840. Provenance: Originally found among the contents of the Snow Hill Nunnery near Quincy, Franklin County, PA, and sold at Horst Auction in 1997. Diameter 10 3/4".
Outstanding Large-Sized Redware Charger with Slip Decoration, Philadelphia, PA origin, early to mid 19th century. This charger is the finest and largest example of the form that we have offered to date. Diameter 15 5/8".
Fine Three-Quart Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Inscribed "Alex. Henderson.", attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1885. H 9 1/2".
Very Rare and Fine Miniature Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised "Rose / 1896", attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, 1896. H 4 1/4".
Very Rare Stoneware Master Salt with Cobalt Vine Decoration, Shinnston, WV origin, circa 1875. H 2 3/4" ; Diameter 3 1/2".
Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Gemel with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Connecticut origin, circa 1825. H (to top of handle) 6".