Phenomenal Face Vessel. Important and Probably Unique Large-Sized Stoneware Two-Sided Face Pitcher with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Elisha B. Hyssong, Cassville, PA, circa 1850.
Potted in a monumental four-and-a-half-gallon size, this face pitcher is the only example of the form we have seen featuring two faces and two spouts. To accommodate pouring, the pitcher was originally fashioned with two handles at the sides, also a highly unusual treatment.
This work was made in the style of Remmey family face vessels at the pottery of Elisha Benjamin Hyssong in Cassville, Huntingdon County, PA, circa 1850. Hyssong's distinctive floral decorations, as seen on this pitcher, were likely inspired by Huntingdon, PA potter, Henry Glazier, who most likely learned to make and decorate stoneware in Baltimore, MD in the late 1820s. Hyssong began his potting career as an apprentice in Waynesboro, PA, eighty miles north of Baltimore, later marrying a Huntingdon County native and establishing a long-standing operation in Cassville in 1847.
Several members of the Remmey family were active in Baltimore from 1812-1829, and in Philadelphia from 1829 into the 20th century. Possible Baltimore connections through Henry Glazier, Hyssong's tenure in Waynesboro, or itinerant potters traveling north, could explain this pitcher's Remmey-type face. Similarly, potters traveling westward from Philadelphia may also have been this piece's inspiration. Regardless, the face on this pitcher assumes a more serene expression and a refinement in modeling arguably greater than the Remmeys' creations, which typically featured cruder facial features and incised embellishments.
A relatively small number of American cobalt-decorated stoneware face vessels are known, and few have come to auction over the past several decades. The exceptional size and form of this example rank it among the very best, if not the best, of its category to ever come to auction. With regard to both pottery and folk art collecting genres, this pitcher is also one of the greatest works we have ever offered.
Literature: For a pitcher attributed to Elisha B. Hyssong, see Schaltenbrand, Big Ware Turners: The History and Manufacturer of Pennsylvania Stoneware, p. 76. H 17".
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".
The Best in the State. Important and Possibly Unique Three-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Molded Eagle and Cornucopia Motif, Inscribed "The Best In the State", Stamped "J.M,.BURNEY / & SON. / JORDAN," New York State origin, circa 1855-1860. This outstanding jug features one of the finest molded and applied designs we have seen on a piece of American stoneware, depicting a Federal eagle atop a shield, flanked by two cornucopias brimming with grapes, apples, pears, and pumpkins. A hand-incised banner above the eagle proudly touts the McBurneys' stoneware as the best produced in New York State. H 15 1/2".
Monumental Midwestern Peacock. Important and Possibly Unique Ten-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Crimped Rim Molding and Elaborate Incised Peacock-on-Flower Decoration, Ohio origin, circa 1875. Outstanding size, rare subject matter for this region, and unusual incised decorative technique, uncommon on American stoneware from this period. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 16 1/2".
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. Provenance: Ex-David Good, Camden, OH. 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".
Fine George Ohr Pottery Vase, Stamped "G. E. OHR, / BILOXI", Mississippi origin, late 19th century. The delicate crimping on the rim resembles a flower blossom or star when viewed from above. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection. H 4 1/2".
Rare Bell Form. Fine Painted Redware Figure of a Whippet, attributed to John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840-1850. Featuring its original silver-and-green-painted surface with black and red highlights, this example survives in outstanding condition. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor about twenty-five years ago. Literature: Illustrated in Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region. L 9 1/2" ; H 6 1/2".
Rare Shenandoah Valley Stoneware Preserve Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to the Coffman Family, Rockingham County, VA, circa 1850. H 7 1/4".
Very Fine Redware Stew Pot with Speckled Copper Glaze, Maine origin, early to mid 19th century. H 5 3/4".
Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Heavy Manganese Stripe Decoration, New England origin, early to mid 19th century. H 9".
North Carolina Rarity. Fine Diminutive Redware Bowl with Two-Color-Slip Spot Decoration, attributed to Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC, circa 1825-1840. Featuring a folky design of haphazard manganese and cream-colored slip spots, this bowl is potted in an exceptional small size. Literature: For a closely- related, fragmented bowl recovered at the Loy site, see Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton, Ceramics in America 2010, "Solomon Loy: Master Potter of the Carolina Piedmont", fig. 14. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. Diameter 5 1/2" ; H 1 1/2".
Rare Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze, Stamped "FLB", Franklin L. Becham, Crawford County, GA, late 19th or early 20th century. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 15".
Rare Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze, Stamped "CJB", Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford County, GA, late 19th or early 20th century. Excellent, squat form and light-green color. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 15".
Rare Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze, Stamped "WB", Washington Becham, Crawford County, GA, second half 19th century. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 14 1/2".
Extremely Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Syrup Jug, Crawford County, GA origin, late 19th or early 20th century. Exceptional form with applied and pinched pouring spout. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 13 1/2".
Southern Ceramic Folk Art. Extremely Rare Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Face Harvest Jug, Alabama origin, fourth quarter 19th century. Outstanding form with removed slip creating the figure's eyes. Provenance: a fresh-to-the-market example, found by the consignor in Virginia.
Cowden Caricature. Exceptional One-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Decoration of a Hatted Man, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865. Featuring a bowler hat, pronounced nose, and buttoned coat, the folk art presence of this figural design is undeniable. Possibly representative of a clown or early comic character. With excellent color and desirable one-gallon size, this jar is one of the finest examples of Cowden & Wilcox pottery to come to auction in recent years.
Capital Crock. Outstanding Stoneware Cream Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration and Bold Freehand Inscription, "HARRISBURG", attributed to Cowden & Wilcox, Harrisburg, PA, circa 1865.
Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Fish Decoration, Stamped "W. HART / OGDENSBURGH, N.Y.", circa 1860.
Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Pheasant-on-Stump Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON / VT.", circa 1855. Unusual large size to jug with rare pheasant variant. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection.
Exceptional Stoneware Bank with Cobalt Fuchsia Vine Decoration, Greensboro or New Geneva, PA origin, circa 1875. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 5".
Rare Miniature Stoneware Jar with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Greensboro or New Geneva, PA origin, circa 1875. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 3 1/8".
Rare Miniature Stoneware Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Western PA origin, circa 1870. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 4 1/4".
Glazed Redware Jar with Elaborate Brushed Copper Slip Decoration, attributed to Nathaniel Seymour, West Hartford, CT, circa 1800-1830. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection.
Glazed Redware Jar with Streaked Manganese Decoration, Bristol County, MA origin, early 19th century. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection.
Extremely Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher, Signed and Dated "John Terry / April the 8th / 1887", Bibb County, AL origin, 1887. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen, MD. Literature: The potter, John H. Terry, is discussed in Brackner, Alabama Folk Pottery, University of Alabama Press, 2006. H 7".
Glazed Stoneware Bean Pot with Combed Decoration, Sand Mountain, AL origin, fourth quarter 19th century. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection.
Glazed Stoneware Jug with Combed Decoration, Sand Mountain, AL origin, fourth quarter 19th century. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection.
Outstanding Tin-Glazed Redware Mug with Cobalt and Manganese Decoration, attributed to John Bell, Chambersburg, PA, circa 1830. Exceptional glaze style indicative of Bell's early years of production. Literature: Illustrated in Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 131, fig. 4. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 4 1/2".
Very Rare Glazed Redware Match Safe, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA origin, circa 1840-1880. Exceptional form for this maker. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 3".
Very Rare Miniature Glazed Redware Spittoon, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840-1880. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 1 7/8" ; W (at base) 2 7/8".
Very Rare Miniature Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA origin, circa 1850-1880. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 2 5/8".
Very Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Sugar Bowl, incised on underside "J. CHARD," attributed to the Remmey Pottery, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1865. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 3 7/8" ; W (at opening) 4 1/4".
Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Charger with Elaborate Yellow Slip Decoration, Philadelphia, PA origin, early 19th century. The largest American redware charger we have ever offered. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from an eighty-year private collection, purchased decades ago from George Samaha. Diameter 16 1/2".
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug, Incised "2 / gay", Isaac Gay, Union County, NC, late 19th century. Surviving in remarkable condition, this jug features exceptional color with a light-olive ground overlain with large streaks of rutile. H 14 1/2".
Extremely Rare Five-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Star and Freehand Floral Motifs, Stenciled "FROM / PERSHING, DUDGEON & CO / ST. CLAIR STATION / PA", circa 1875. H 14 3/4".
Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Flask, New York or New Jersey origin, early 19th century. Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Webster, Decorated Stoneware Pottery of North America, p. 198, where it is described as follows: "This very strange early 19th-century flask with a rapidly brushed flower in blue is unmarked, but could be of New York State origin. It was found in Utica, New York. The cross section is only slightly flattened- not nearly to the extent of most flasks. Collection of the author." (Webster, p.198). Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection ; Ex-Donald Blake Webster Collection. H 6 3/4".
Rare Stoneware Flask with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1830. Provenance: Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 8 5/8".
A Miniature of Monumental Importance. Exceedingly Rare and Important Miniature Stoneware Jug with Scrolled Handle and Slip-Trailed Cobalt Foliate and Watchspring Motifs, Incised "S+", attributed to Adam States, Sr., Manhattan, NY, circa 1745. This outstanding recent discovery is closely-related to two other pieces carrying Adam States attributions. The first is a miniature jug, sold in our March 5, 2011 auction, which lacks the incised lettering and scrolled handle, but shares a similar form and cobalt decoration. The second is a small spouted vessel, similarly-decorated and also featuring a distinctive scrolled handle, bearing the inscription, "Elizabeth States her pot", along with incised initials "E+SAS". It is believed that States made the spouted pot for his wife, Elizabeth, between 1743 and 1746, while active in Manhattan, NY. States later established a long-standing pottery in Greenwich, CT, which was managed upon his death in the 1760s by an apprentice, Abraham Mead (Goldberg, Warwick, and Warwick, Ceramics in America 2008, p. 35). Today, Mead is recognized among scholars as one of the most skilled and well-documented 18th century American stoneware potters. His work often employed watchspring motifs emanating from a vessel's handle terminals, as found on the few surviving Adam States pieces, including this jug.
This jug is important on a number of levels, beyond its wonderful size and strong decorative appeal. Based on its clear link to the Elizabeth States pouring vessel, it can be considered one of the earliest intact pieces of American stoneware known. The idea that this work possibly predates the watchspring pieces of Captain James Morgan and Abraham Mead by thirty to fifty years is remarkable. Its delicately-scrolled handle serves as a key link, not only to the inscribed States pot, but also to stoneware products of the Old World. Establishing a clear connection between the European stoneware tradition and pieces produced in America by immigrant potting families is often a difficult one. This jug's scrolled handle, however, reveals the strong influence of 18th century Westerwald stoneware. This consignment, along with the example sold in March 5, 2011, are two of the smallest intact 18th century stoneware products recorded. The incised signature, "S+", on this piece, no doubt referring to "States", also makes it one of the earliest examples of intact American stoneware bearing any form of signature. Literature: For more information on Adams States and related 18th century stoneware potters, see Goldberg, Warwick, and Warwick, "The Eighteenth-Century New Jersey Stoneware Potteries of Captain James Morgan and the Kemple Family," Ceramics in America 2008, pp. 33-35. H 4 1/4".
Fine Face Vessel. Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Miles Mill, Edgefield, SC origin, circa 1875. Featuring an appealing slender-bodied form, this jug is unusual in the design of its mouth. While the majority of surviving Edgefield face jugs exhibit two rows of gritted teeth, this jug has only one row, creating a more subdued expression. H 6 1/2".
Art Pottery Stoneware Pitcher. Extremely Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher with Applied Frog, Insect, and Flowering Lily Pad Motif, Inscribed "Dum Vivimus Bihmus", Signed "JP", American, circa 1885. Outstanding form with depressed sides and rippled rim, reminiscent of George Ohr. The spotted frog and insect motifs may also relate this work to pieces made by the Kirkpatrick brothers of Anna, Illinois. The incised Latin inscription, "Dum Vivimus Bibmus", translates to "While we live, let us drink". H 8 1/2".
Rare Decoration and Maker's Mark. Possibly Unique Three-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Man's Profile with Hat, "Stamped "NORTON & SHELDON' JORDAN", New York State origin, circa 1840-1845. Featuring the elusive partnership mark of Sidney L. Norton and Franklin L. Sheldon, this crock may depict a soldier, with the three-gallon capacity mark used as a decorative device extending from the front of the cap.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Apple Motif, Dated "1853", Stamped "JORDAN", possibly Justen McBurney & Son, Jordan, NY, 1853.
Marvelous Miniature. Exceptional Miniature Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Dated 1867, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'" and "JOHN BELL", 1867. With excellent size, decoration, and color, this crock is one of the finest examples of John Bell stoneware we have ever offered. The use of cobalt spots on the underside to create the date is most unusual. H 3 1/4".
Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of an Indian's Bust, Stamped "F.H. COWDEN / HARRISBURG," PA origin, circa 1880. H 16 1/2".
Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865.
Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Plate with Three-Color Swirl Decoration, Pennsylvania origin, 19th century. Underside inscribed in pencil "From Edna Smith / Quakertown / Local". Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. Diameter 7 7/8".
Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Charger with Tree-of-Life Decoration, American, first half 19th century. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. Diameter 11 5/8".
Exceptional Fat-Bodied Redware Cream Pitcher with Heavy Copper Glaze over Yellow Slip, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 5 1/2".
Scarce Small-Sized Multi-Glazed Redware Creamer, attributed to S. Bell & Son or J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 4 1/4".
Very Rare Diminutive Multi-Glazed Redware Jar, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection. H 3 1/4" ; Diameter (at opening) 3 5/8".
Fine and Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Jug, attributed to J. Eberly & Co. or S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection; Previously purchased from the son of Alvin H. Rice, co-author of The Shenandoah Pottery. H 6".
A Fantastic Face. Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Miles Mill, Edgefield, SC origin, circa 1875. Featuring a wide, squat body style, this jug is important in its depiction of an asymmetrical face with crooked eyes. While this treatment can be found among the work of 20th century face jug masters, such as Lanier Meaders and Burlon Craig, it is essentially unknown in the 19th century Edgefield tradition. At least one other face jug from Miles Mill, however, features two differently-styled eyes: a smaller jug with one eye winking, which was included in the traveling exhibit "Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th Century South Carolina". Such folksy embellishments may offer a key link between the craft's 19th and 20th century schools. The gold paint applied to the eyes and teeth on this example is possibly original. Its wonderful facial expression epitomizes the bold folk art presence of face vessels produced in Edgefield. A related example with typical eyes resides in the collection of the New York Historical Society, acquired in 1937 from the noted folk art collector and avant-garde sculptor, Elie Nadelman (1882-1946). H 6 1/2".