Powerful Presentation Pitcher. Small-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Incised Bird Decoration, Inscribed "Jonah Knight / Novbr 18th 1874", attributed to Henry Harrison Remmey or Richard Clinton Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, 1874. Elegantly potted with a vase-like form, footed base, and spurred handle, this pitcher features two incised bird-on-branch motifs based upon the Baltimore work of Henry Remmey, Sr. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 8".
Baltimore Beauty. Important and Possibly Unique Five-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Lavish Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1820. This stately work epitomizes the Baltimore style of the 1820s in its artistic slip-trailed decoration, bold color, and elegant form. Pieces of this quality would set the standard for Southern stoneware production during the time period, influencing potteries in Virginia and South Carolina. This work is the second largest Baltimore example of the form known, the largest being an iconic storefront display pitcher in the collection of The Maryland Historical Society, made by Adam Wipfield at the Perine Pottery in 1870. This earlier five-gallon example may have also served as a display piece in a shop window, given its weight when full. Other than its grand size, of particular note is its raised, enamel-like cobalt, which retains a brilliant luster. Provenance: Ex-Robert Hunter, Yorktown, VA. H 18".
Exceptional Folk Art Face Vessel. Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug with Kaolin Eyes and Teeth, Edgefield, SC origin, circa 1845-1860. This recently-surfaced work is regarded as the finest among a group of four Edgefield examples collected in New York State, the first three having been sold through Crocker Farm in 2015 and 2016. This example features exceptional sculpting to the face, including a prominent Roman nose, depressed and manipulated cheek structure, large ears, and deeply-carved teeth. The jug's form, light-green glaze, and quality of workmanship, suggest that it may have been made early in the Edgefield District's foray into face jug production, possibly predating the arrival of the Wanderer slaves. Of interesting note is this jug's use of two types of kaolin application. While the teeth are applied in pure kaolin, the eyes are brushed over with kaolin slip. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a collection amassed in New York State. H 6 3/4".
Outstanding Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Cow Decoration, Stamped "POTTERY WORKS / LITTLE WST 12TH ST N.Y.", William Macquoid, New York, New York, circa 1870. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection.
Important Crolius Eagle Jar. Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised and Impressed Floral and Eagle Motifs, Stamped "C. CROLIUS / MANHATTAN, WELLS / NEW-YORK", Clarkson Crolius, Sr., Manhattan, NY early 19th century. This jar, one of two Crolius examples we are aware of with an impressed eagle motif, additionally features Crolius's classic impressed flower blossom flanked by incised leaves. This jar's four-sided decoration and employment of the maker's mark on opposing sides is most unusual. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 12".
Important Crolius Fish. Possibly Unique One-Gallon Stoneware Syrup Jug with Incised Fish Decoration, Stamped "C. CROLIUS / MANUFACTURER / NEW-YORK", early 19th century. The unusual squat form of this jug suggests it may have been made to hold syrup, an idea corroborated by the smell of molasses emanating from the spout. This work is the only signed example of Crolius stoneware we have seen depicting a fish, and may serve as a rosetta stone for attributing unsigned examples. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 10".
Crolius Rarity. One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Foliate Decoration, Stamped "C. CROLIUS / BAYARD STREET / NEW-YORK", Clarkson Crolius, Sr., Manhattan, NY, circa 1815. One of a very small number of examples known featuring Crolius's second location on Bayard Street. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 12 1/2".
Monumental Ten-Gallon Four-Handled Stoneware Jar with Kaolin Slip Decoration, Stamped "CHANDLER MAKER", Thomas Chandler, Edgefield, SC, circa 1850. Exceptional size and rare four-handled form. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor. H 21".
Extremely Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Decoration of a Top-Hatted Man Flanked by Tulips, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1825-1830. One of a small number of Baltimore stoneware pieces known with decoration of a person. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 11 1/2".
Outstanding Ten-Gallon Stoneware Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Ohio origin, circa 1860-1870. The artistic design on this cooler was likely executed by a potter previously employed at the John Burger Pottery in Rochester, NY. H 21".
Scarce Stoneware World's Fair Train Bank, Embossed "WORLD'S FAIR / MY EXPENSES TO / CHICAGO / PAT APPLIED FOR", attributed to the Whites Pottery, Utica, NY, circa 1893. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 4 1/2".
Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Federal Drape Design, Stamped "COMMERAWS STONEWARE", Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. H 9 1/2".
Moravian Discovery. Important Multi-Glazed Redware Ring Bottle, Salem, NC origin, late 18th or early 19th century. Featuring a "Whieldon"-type glaze created by sponging copper and manganese over a dipped slip surface, this bottle is one of two intact examples of the form known in the work of North Carolina's Moravian potters. Provenance: A recently-discovered example, which descended in the family of the consignor. Family history indicates this bottle was used during the Civil War by a soldier from Illinois. Literature: For discussion of this form, see Hunter and Erickson, "Making a Moravian Faience Ring Bottle", Ceramics in America 2009. For a photo of the second intact example of this form, a smaller copper-glazed ring bottle, see Hunter and Erickson, fig. 18. H 7".
Important Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Incised "Dave / August 12. 1851 / Lm", Dave at Lewis Miles' Stony Bluff Manufactory, Edgefield District, SC, 1851. This example, made somewhat earlier than most of Dave's signed work, features an appealing green alkaline glaze and fine Dave signature. Its inscribed initials, "Lm", appear on the reverse instead of the front, an unusual treatment among signed Dave examples. H 17 1/2".
Early Stoneware Advertising. Possibly Unique One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed "Clamshell" Decoration, Stamped "ASHMORES. GENUIN / CORDIALS / PREPAIRD / BY W. FIELD. ONLY", attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. This jug, along with Commeraw's simpler oyster jars, are regarded as some of the earliest examples of American advertising stoneware known. Commeraw's advertising pieces indicate he was able to broaden his business beyond the sale of products bearing his own maker's mark by offering pieces impressed for local merchants. This practice, while common in America decades later, was virtually unknown in the country at the time. It is significant to note that Commeraw's contemporaries, the Remmeys, Morgans, and even the well-established Crolius family, failed to capitalize on this concept as no advertising work from these shops are known. Thus, the American stoneware innovation of customizing ware to feature the names of merchants, addresses, and products, may have its earliest roots in the work of Thomas Commeraw. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection.
Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Drape-and-Heart Motif, Stamped "DAVID.MORGAN / NEW YORK", Manhattan, NY origin, early 19th century. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection.
Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Stamped "C. BOYNTON / TROY", New York State origin, circa 1830. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection.
Very Fine Flint Enamel Figure of a Lion on Base, Stamped "Lyman Fenton & Co. / Fenton's / ENAMEL, / PATENTED / 1849. / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1849-1852. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection; Skinner, Inc., 2007.
Very Rare and Fine "Morgan / Maker" (William Morgan, Baltimore, MD) Stoneware Jar w/ Slip-Trailed Floral Decoration, 1822-27
Bacher Bear. Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Figure of a Standing Bear Clutching a Tree Trunk, attributed to Anthony Weis Bacher, Adams County, PA, Mechanicstown (now Thurmont), MD, or Winchester, VA, circa 1855-1885. Bear figures are considered one of the iconic figural forms of Shenandoah Valley master potter, Anthony Weis Bacher. While the "standing-bear-with-tree-trunk" form can be found in the work of anonymous Pennsylvania potters, this example is the first by Bacher that we have seen. Other Bacher bear figures, however, are known depicting the animal holding other objects, including a dog, small candlesticks, and an inkwell. Consistent with this bear and other Bacher animals are the heavy use of applied coleslaw fur, the slab base, the use of a simple lead-and-manganese glaze, and the rounded eyes, a feature that became more embellished in his later Winchester works. This figure is closely-related to two Bacher dogs sold through our firm in recent years: lot 145 in our March 2, 2013 auction and lot 86 in our March 14, 2015 auction. Exhibiting strong folk art appeal, this recently-surfaced work is noteworthy in its maker, desirable bear form, and highly-unusual standing stance. Literature: For other Bacher animal figures, see Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 167, 169, and 179. H 5 3/8".
Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Coffee Jar, Inscribed "Ground Coffey / M B Miller / 1834", Eastern U.S. origin, 1834. Highly desirable subject matter. Few American utilitarian pottery pieces from the 19th century reference this popular household good. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 6 7/8".