Outstanding Edgefield Discovery. Exceedingly Rare and Important Diminutive Stoneware Face Jug with Protruding Tongue, Edgefield, SC origin, circa 1860-1880. This recently-discovered example is remarkable in its size and expressiveness. Most noteworthy is its alkaline-glazed tongue, a trait documented on only a very few Edgefield examples. The jug's diminutive stature, measuring only 3 3/8" to the top of the handle, is also a rarity, as the piece is noticeably smaller than the average Edgefield face vessel. Its eyes include unusually large impressed pupils, formed from a wide, evenly-round stylus. The surface is covered in an appealing light-green alkaline glaze. Provenance: A recently-discovered example, consigned from the same source as lot #209 in our October 17, 2015 auction. H 3 3/8".
Important Pennsylvania Redware Jar. Exceptional Redware Presentation Jar, Inscribed "Ann Frame / When this you see remember me / 9th mo. 28th 1818", attributed to Thomas Vickers, Chester County, PA, 1818. A similar example bearing a different name resides in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in New England. H 9 3/4".
Important Bell Jar. Extremely Rare Tin-Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Tulip and Sponged Decoration, Stamped "I. Bell", possibly Winchester, VA, circa 1825. This recently-discovered example exhibits the delicate potting and lavish glaze treatments of a young John Bell revealing his capabilities as a potter. Made when Bell was roughly twenty-five years old, this jar bears one of the potter's two earliest and rarest maker's mark, the stamp "I. Bell" with raised-face letters. The glaze treatment and style of stamp are closely-related to the iconic John Bell inkstand, which bears the inscription, "Winchester / March 12th 1825", and raised-face mark, "J. Bell". Regarded as one of Bell's finest works, the inkstand, which currently resides in the collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, is also believed to be the earliest extant dated example of American tin-glazed pottery. This outstanding jar is certainly one of the finest examples of Bell family pottery we have ever offered. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in the Midwestern U.S. H 6".
Exceedingly Rare and Important One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Ship Decoration, attributed to Clarkson Crolius, Sr., Manhattan, NY, circa 1810-1820. The swag decoration, form, and color, are consistent with pieces produced at the Manhattan, NY shop of Clarkson Crolius, Sr. during the first quarter of the 19th century. More specifically, this jug is closely-related to a small drape-decorated jug sold as lot #32 in our November 6, 2010 auction. That jug, which bore the mark "C. CROLIUS / MANUFACTURER / NEW-YORK", shares similarities in color, spout construction, brushed swag decoration, and distinctive handle terminal decoration. The jug to be sold in our March auction is the only example of ship-decorated stoneware we are aware of carrying a strong Crolius family attribution. Included in the design are two small American flags, one at the bow and one atop a mast.
Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Standing Fawn Decoration, Stamped "J. MANTELL / PENN YAN", New York State origin, circa 1860. A particularly fine example by this desirable New York State maker, featuring a design in the manner of the Burger family of Rochester.
Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Cobalt Double Game Bird Decoration, Stamped "HUBBELL & CHESEBRO / GEDDES, NY", circa 1870.
Very Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Epitaph Crock, Inscribed "KISS ME JOHNY", Stamped "BROWN BROTHER / HUNTINGTON, L.I.", circa 1870-1885. Provenance: Donald Matties Collection.
Exceptional One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Profuse Slip-Trailed Foliate Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1820.
Exceptional Large-Sized Stoneware Mug with Profuse Cobalt Clover Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1875. Few clover-decorated Baltimore mugs are known, and this is the best of its type we have seen.
Very Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Sander with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, New York State origin, possibly Isaac V. Machett, Cornwall, NY, circa 1850. Exceptional form, size, and decoration. H 3 3/4".
Rare Stoneware Flask with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, attributed to David Parr, Sr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1825.
Outstanding Four-Gallon Stoneware Pedestal-Base Cooler with Incised Double-Bird and Cobalt Flowering Urn Decorations, Stamped "SOMERSET, / POTTERS WORKS,", MA origin, circa 1850. H 16 3/4".
Fine and Possibly Unique Stoneware Presentation Jar with Cobalt Heart Decoration, Inscribed "Newark, NJ / A.B. / 1882", attributed to Union Pottery, Newark, NJ, 1882. H 6 3/8".
Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Figure of a Dog with Basket, Pennsylvania origin, third quarter 19th century. This example includes excellent impressed and incised detail to the basket of apples in the dog's mouth. The figure rattles when shaken. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor in the 1960s. L 6" ; H 5".
Glazed Redware Spaniel Bank with Applied Coleslaw Fur, attributed to George Wagner, Carbon County, PA, circa 1860. H 6 1/4".
Rare and Fine Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Pitcher, Stamped "JOHN BELL", PA origin, circa 1850-1880. H 6 1/4".
Very Rare Diminutive Molded Redware Pitcher with Lead-and-Manganese Glaze, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'", PA origin, circa 1850-1880. H 5 1/2".
Scarce One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Spotted Tulip Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'", PA origin, circa 1850-1880.
Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Cobalt Horse Head Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. Provenance: Recently discovered in California.
Important Swank Pottery Photograph. Possibly Unique Photograph of the Johnstown Pottery, Signed "Merriman / 534 Smithfield St / Pittsburg PA", circa 1885. This exciting new discovery features members of the Swank family of potters, including Hiram Swank at top center, posed below the "JOHNSTOWN POTTERY" sign. The reverse bears the penned script inscription, "Hiram Swank", possibly the signature of the pottery owner himself. The photograph is included in a period Victorian frame, believed to be original to the photograph. For a second photo from a different angle, see Schaltenbrand's Big Ware Turners, p. 99. Provenance: Recently discovered in the Johnstown, PA area. Dimensions (of image): 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" ; Dimensions (of frame): 17 1/4" x 15 3/8".
Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Bowl with Profuse Cobalt Fuchsia Decoration, Western PA origin, circa 1875.
Rare and Fine Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, Illinois, circa 1880. This example features a light Albany slip wash and a crisply-incised map of the Midwest including the landmark "Anna Pottery". The pig's delicately-painted eyes, which include lashes, are the best we have seen on an Anna example. L 6 1/4".
Anna Pottery Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware "World's Fair" Pig Flask, Anna, Illinois origin, Dated 1893. This example features the incised inscription "Fresh Pork. / From the Worlds Fair / With a little good old Rye / in a Pig's 1893". The rear is additionally incised "Cut Rates / to the World's Fair / by the I.C.R.R.". L 6 1/4".
Early Albany-Slip-Glazed Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1870. This example features the incised inscription, "Good Old Bourbon in a hog's-", a railroad map featuring Chicago, ICRR, Mounds, and Cairo across the body, and the incised inscription "Lard Oil Drill" on the underside. L 6 1/2".
Very Rare Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug with China Teeth, Incised in Script "GD", Guy Daugherty, Bethune, Kershaw County, South Carolina, circa 1950. Featuring heavily-combed incising for the hair, as well as Daugherty's initialled signature on the underside, this face jug is the finest example by this potter we have offered to date. For more information on this maker, see Baldwin, Great and Noble Jar, p. 141. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in New York State. H 3 3/4".
Exceptional Two-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, Manhattan, NY or Cheesequake, NJ origin, circa 1775. One of the finest watchspring-decorated jars we have ever offered, this example includes a highly-unusual crosshatched flower bud and strong floral embellishments surrounding the handle terminals.
Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Fish Decoration, Stamped "BOSTON", attributed to Jonathan Fenton, Boston, MA, late 18th century.
Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug-Form Cooler with Incised Bird Decoration, Stamped "N. CLARK /ATHENS," New York State origin, circa 1820. Exceptional form for this maker.
Outstanding New York State Figural Design. Exceedingly Rare and Important Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Cobalt Squirrel Decoration, Stamped "J.C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY", New York State origin, circa 1860. The best example of North Bay, NY stoneware we have ever offered, and one of the finest depictions of this animal on American stoneware that we have seen.
Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Cobalt Deer Decoration, Stamped "J.C WAELDE. / NORTH. BAY", New York State origin, circa 1860. This jug is the first example of North Bay stoneware we have offered bearing this particular deer design, which is larger and more elaborate than the typical deer motif employed at this pottery.
Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Cat Decoration, Stamped "WEBSTER & BERGEN / NORTH BAY", New York State origin, circa 1850. Believed to be one of a very few cat-decorated pieces by this potter known.
Possibly Unique Three-Gallon Stoneware Cream Jar with Cobalt Decoration of Facing Chickens, Inscribed "CLARK & FOX / ATHENS", New York, circa 1829-1838.
Fine Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER", New York State origin, circa 1860.
Outstanding Inscribed Face Vessel. Southern Stoneware Face Jug with Salt Glaze over Albany Slip Surface, Incised "Gon But Not forgotten", Alabama origin, circa 1900. This example includes well-defined eyes and eyebrows and features a streaky greenish "frogskin" glaze on the front, created by applying a salt glaze over dipped Albany slip. Inscribed examples from this time period are exceptionally rare. The term "Gon(sic) But Not forgotten" is possibly a reference to the consumed liquor the jug was made to hold. Provenance: Recently discovered in the Southeastern U.S. H 7 1/4".
Extremely Rare Miniature Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher with Hand-Modeled Face, probably Virginia origin, circa 1860-1880. Provenance: Found in North Carolina. H 3".
Very Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Mug with Cobalt Spot Decoration, attributed to Charles F. Decker's Keystone Pottery, Chucky Valley, TN origin, circa 1880-1905. H 3 1/4".
Rare Glazed Southern Redware Jar with Elaborate Incised Sine-Wave Decoration, attributed to the Henkel-Spigle Pottery, Botetourt County, VA, circa 1830-1850. Provenance: Recently discovered in Virginia. H 10 1/8".
Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1840.
Scarce and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Man-in-the-Moon Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX. / HARRISBURG. PA", circa 1865.
Very Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "DANIEL / JOHNSON AND Co No 27 / LUMBER STREET / N. YORK", attributed to Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, circa 1805, cylindrical jar with recessed rim molding, featuring the impressed advertising, "DANIEL / JOHNSON AND Co No 27 / LUMBER STREET / N. YORK". Jars of this type have strong historical significance, as they are some of the earliest examples of American stoneware advertising. Jars bearing the name "DANIEL JOHNSON & CO" were made for the prominent African-American oysterman, Daniel Johnson, by the African-American potter, Thomas Commeraw. Commeraw's oyster jars have been found as far south as South America, indicating their use on ships that traveled the Atlantic coast. This example is additionally significant in that it is the smallest Commeraw oyster jar we are aware of. H 5 1/16".
Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Federal Eagle Design, probably Connecticut origin, circa 1820. H 13 3/4".
Very Rare Presentation Spongeware Sugar Jar, Inscribed "SUGAR / MISS H.K. SHIRLEY. / 5352/ A/. EASTON AVE. / ST. LOUIS MO. / XMAS.1903", Midwestern U.S. origin, 1903. H 10".
Possibly Unique Small-Sized Stoneware Presentation Jar, Inscribed in Cobalt "Jos. Shibler. Oct. the. 26. 1869", attributed to Alexander Conrad, Monongahela Pottery, New Geneva, PA, 1869. Additionally inscribed in cobalt "1/2 gal Pot" at base, and at the midsection with the word "MINE." The 1870 Federal Census lists Joseph Shibler as a fifty-eight-year-old carpenter living in the house of potter, Alexander Conrad, in New Geneva, PA. It is presumed Shibler was the father-in-law of Conrad. The inscription "MINE." offers the possibly that, while the jar was most likely thrown by Conrad or another potter at his shop, it may have been decorated by Shibler himself. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor. H 6 1/4".
Important Pennsylvania Pitcher. Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Profuse Cobalt Tulip and Wreath Motif, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA", circa 1870. An exceptionally rare form for this maker, featuring bold brushwork, which typifies this pottery's best designs. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in the Western U.S. H 11 1/2".
Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Stenciled Cobalt Deer Decoration, Stamped "J.C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY," New York State origin, circa 1860.
Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stamped "J.C. WAELDE. / NORTH BAY," New York State origin, circa 1860.
Extremely Rare Copper-Decorated Redware Tobacco Jar with Incised Decoration, Stamped "LIBERTY", Dated 1826, probably Northeastern U.S. origin, 1826. This jar is the first of its type we have seen. The use of an incised drape design in the manner of Thomas Commeraw of Manhattan, NY or Warne & Letts of South Amboy, NJ suggest it was most likely made in the Northeastern U.S.. Provenance: Ex-J. Jefferson and Anne Weiler Miller Collection; Ex- Chris Machmer. H 10 1/2".
Very Rare Moravian Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830. This example includes excellent molding and hand-incised detail to the pig, including a curled tail and delicately-incised hair along the spine. A difficult-to-find Southern figural form, this example is believed to be the first of its kind to come to auction since our January 30, 2010 sale. H 6 1/2".
Rare and Fine Moravian Polychrome-Glazed Redware Squirrel Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1804-1829. The colorful glaze scheme, featuring daubed copper oxide and manganese dioxide over a yellow slip ground, is modeled after the popular tortoiseshell creamware of English potter, Thomas Whieldon. An iconic Southern figural form. H 7 7/8".
Southern Rarity. Striking Redware Sugar Jar with Profuse Three-Color Slip Decoration, Jacob Albright, Jr. and Henry Loy, Alamance County, NC, circa 1790-1810. Provenance: Christie's, The John Gordon Collection of Folk Americana, Jan. 15, 1999, Lot 312. H 7".
Important Face Pipe. Exceedingly Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Indian Face Pipe, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1873. Inscribed along the stem "this Relic of Antiquity was found in the Lava beds of Cailfornia by Kirkpatrick of Anna Pottery / for J. Silliman HIggins / Goshen Inda. / May 30 1873". Rim additionally incised "Indian & Other Relics Mad to Order". The artistically-rendered pipe, which shows evidence of use, is arguably the finest example of the form known from America's utilitarian potting industry.The hand-modeled Native American face on the pipe's bowl includes finely-sculpted details including an open mouth bearing teeth, incised hair and eyebrows, recessed eyes, and piercings to the ears and nose. Incised crosshatching appears at the base of the figure's headdress as well as at the tip of the stem. The stem culminates in a stylized acanthus leaf, a trademark Anna decorative motif, where it meets the bowl. The pipe features an Albany-slip-glazed surface with original cold-painted decoration, including heart-shaped feather details to the headdress. This pipe is one of two Anna examples known, which reference the Modoc War between the Native American Modoc Tribe and U.S. Army. This conflict took place in the lava beds of California in 1872-1873, and resulted in the murders of U.S. General Edward Canby and Reverend Eleazer Thomas, and the executions of Modoc chief, Kintpuash, also known as "Captain Jack", and three of his warriors. Of the two known pipes, this example features a much more elaborate inscription and includes an appealing, colorful painted surface. The inscription stating that the pipe was actually found in the lava beds of California is in the typical humorous style found on so many Kirkpatrick brothers' products. The notation across the top of the headdress, "Indian & Other Relics Mad(sic) to Order", is an intriguing one, suggestive of the rise of the Native-American art and artifacts market. The Kirkpatricks may have been inspired to create these pipes after reading about the Modoc War in Harper's Weekly, a magazine the brothers were particularly fond of, and one which covered the conflict in April and May of 1873. Wallace Kirkpatrick was familiar with California based on his experiences there in the 1850s during the Gold Rush. The distinctive penmanship on the pipe indicates that he was its maker. This exciting work certainly ranks as one of the great Anna Pottery discoveries of the past several years. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Kentucky. L 6" ; H 4 3/4".
Early and Unusual Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed "Lanier Meaders", Cleveland, GA origin, circa 1965. From a large selection of 20th century Southern face jugs to be offered. H 9 1/2".
Sculptural Southern Form. Monumental Four-Handled Salt-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Medial Ridge, attributed to Tinsely W. Craven, Henderson County, TN, circa 1840-1860. Classic Craven form and appealing glaze runs to shoulder. H 20".
Important Western PA Churn. Extremely Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Churn with Profuse Cobalt Brushwork and Floral Decoration, Inscribed "Dan McKneer", attributed to Albert Black, Confluence, Somerset County, PA, circa 1872. One of a small number of inscribed pieces known by a member of the Black family. The churn as a form is additionally unusual for this family's work.
Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Bird and Floral Decorations, attributed to George and Albert Black, Somerfield, Somerset County, PA, circa 1870. This jar is the only figural-decorated example of Black family stoneware we have seen.
Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Canning Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Thistle, Pinwheel, and Freehand Stripe Decoration, Western PA origin, circa 1875. H 6 1/2".
Outstanding Eight-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Elaborate Stenciled Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "A. CONRAD / NEW GENEVA POTTERY / NEW GENEVA / PA", circa 1875. Unusual Roman numeral "VIII" at base. The screw head embellishments at the bunghole are also scarce among coolers from the Greensboro / New Geneva region, and are more typical of Beaver, PA examples. H 18 3/4".
Important Redware Lion. Exceedingly Rare Glazed Redware Figure of a Standing Lion Atop a Bird, Pennsylvania origin, third quarter 19th century. This lion is the first example we have seen assuming a dynamic stance with paw upon its prey. The figure rattles when shaken and features a wonderful facial expression with open mouth and lolling tongue. The finest redware lion sculpture we have ever offered, and arguably one of the finest to come to auction in decades. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in the Philadelphia area by a relative of the consignor several decades ago. L 6" ; H 5".
Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Figure of a Dog with Basket, Pennsylvania origin, circa 1850-1875. This recently-surfaced example rattles when shaken, includes unusual cream-colored slip highlights, and survives in rarely-found, essentially as-made condition. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in the Philadelphia area several decades ago by a relative of the consignor. H 5 3/4" ; L 5 1/2".
Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Chicken Whistle, Pennsylvania origin, possibly Berks County, circa 1820-1850. This example includes brilliant copper highlights to the head and neck and manganese daubs to the body. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in the Philadelphia area by a relative of the consignor several decades ago. H 5 1/4" ; L 5".
Powerful Pedestal Cooler. Important and Possibly Unique Stoneware Pedestal-Based Water Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Inscribed in Cobalt "EILER & SUNSHINE", East Birmingham, PA, circa 1858-1862. The significance of this example lies not only in its highly artistic form and decoration, but also in its exceedingly rare signature. To our knowledge, this cooler is the only signed example known from the partnership of East Birmingham, PA potters, Philip Eiler and Henry Sunshine, which existed from 1858 until 1862 (Schaltenbrand, Big Ware Turners, p. 147-148). Examples of this coveted Western PA form are considered rare outside of the stoneware manufactories of Beaver, PA, and this recently-surfaced example may be one of the earliest known produced outside of that city. Few pieces of this quality are known from the city of Pittsburgh, and this cooler is possibly one of the finest examples from this historic city known. Provenance: Purchased by a member of the consignor's family over thirty-five years ago. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 15 1/4".
Very Rare and Important Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Decoration of Two People, Uniontown, PA origin, circa 1865. This jar features three classic Uniontown attributes, including people motifs (one holding the popular Uniontown shepherd's crook), boldly-brushed trumpet flowers, and a freehand cobalt capacity designation. One of the finest Western PA or West Virginia people crocks we have ever offered. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 14".
Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Woman Decoration, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860. This stunning jar includes some of the boldest cobalt brushwork we have seen on a piece of Morgantown stoneware from this period. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 13 3/4".
Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Woman Decoration, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 11 1/2".
Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Decoration of Two Women, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 12".
Scarce Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Woman Decoration, Uniontown, PA origin, circa 1865. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 12 3/4".
Very Rare Presentation Stoneware Flowerpot, Inscribed "Lily / 1874", Ohio origin, probably Roseville, 1874. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 10 3/4" ; Diameter (across top, including crimping) 11 1/2".
Outstanding Stoneware Churn with Folky Cobalt Turkey Decoration, Ohio origin, circa 1870. Provenance: Descended in the family of legendary Ohio antiques dealer, Clark Garrett. H 14 1/2".
Exceptional Two-Gallon Stoneware Milkpan with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1825. One of the most heavily-decorated American stoneware milkpans we have seen. H 7" ; Diameter (across top) 12 1/2".
Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of a Gentleman's Bust, New York State origin, circa 1850. The distinctive hatted profile probably represents a 17th century Dutchman in period garb, the jug possibly made as a commemorative piece referencing the Dutch colonization of New York. H 15 1/2".
Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Elaborate Cobalt Standing Deer Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.", circa 1855. This stunning example of Northeastern figural-decorated stoneware features an unusual churn form and desirable standing stag flanked by trees and fences. H 16 3/4".