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Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820Rare and Important Alamance County, NC Redware Sugar Jar, c1790-1820

Stunning Sugar Jar. Very Rare and Important Redware Sugar Jar with Profuse Three-Color Slip Decoration, Alamance County, NC origin, circa 1790-1820. This work is considered the finest of three sugar jars from the region included in the iconic Christie's sale, The John Gordon Collection of Folk Americana, held in 1999. It stands out among surviving Alamance County sugar jars in its striking cross and fleur-de-lis motifs, a design element more commonly associated with dishes from the region, and one which is thoroughly discussed in the Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton article from Ceramics in America 2010, entitled "Slipware from the St. Asaph's Tradition". This jar is regarded as one of the most strikingly-decorated examples of North Carolina slipware to come to auction in recent years. Provenance: Christie's, The John Gordon Collection of Folk Americana, Jan. 15, 1999, Lot 298. Exhibited: Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware, Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Chipstone Foundation, Caxambas Foundation, September 2, 2010 to September 1, 2013. Literature: Illustrated in fig. 72, p. 57 of Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton, "Slipware from the St. Asaph's Tradition", Ceramics in America 2010. H 10 1/2".

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Very Important Pair of Stoneware Vases made by Henry Remmey, Jr. for his wife, CatherineVery Important Pair of Stoneware Vases made by Henry Remmey, Jr. for his wife, CatherineVery Important Pair of Stoneware Vases made by Henry Remmey, Jr. for his wife, CatherineVery Important Pair of Stoneware Vases made by Henry Remmey, Jr. for his wife, CatherineVery Important Pair of Stoneware Vases made by Henry Remmey, Jr. for his wife, CatherineVery Important Pair of Stoneware Vases made by Henry Remmey, Jr. for his wife, Catherine

Remmey Family Vases. Important and Unique Pair of Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Presentation Vases with Incised Flowering Vine Motifs, made by Henry Harrison Remmey for his wife, Catherine. Inscribed "Catherine N. Remmey / June 7th 1871", this pair was made for Mrs. Remmey a year before she passed away, and when Henry H. Remmey was about 77 years old. Remmey--also generally known as Henry Remmey, Jr.--had moved from Manhattan to Baltimore in 1812 with his father, the renowned potter, Henry Remmey, who had just taken a job at William Myers' Baltimore Stoneware Manufactory. Remmey, Jr. would do a similar thing in the 1820's, moving to Philadelphia to take over Branch Green's long-standing shop, and founding a dynasty in that city that lasted into the 20th century. With such an intimate tie to one of the most important American stoneware families, these vases represent one of the most significant examples of Remmey, and Philadelphia, stoneware to have ever been offered for sale. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market lot, purchased by the consignor in the late 1980s; the vases were purchased shortly beforehand directly from the granddaughter of potter, Richard Clinton Remmey (1835-1904), son of Henry Harrison Remmey.

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Exceedingly Rare and Fine Thomas Commeraw Stoneware Jug, African-American New York Potter

Incredible Commeraw. Exceedingly Rare and Important "COMMERAW'S STONEWARE" Jug, Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, New York, circa 1805. One of the finest examples of this renowned African-American federal era potter's work in existence.

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Very Rare and Important Henry Remmey, Baltimore, Incised Bird PitcherVery Rare and Important Henry Remmey, Baltimore, Incised Bird PitcherVery Rare and Important Henry Remmey, Baltimore, Incised Bird PitcherVery Rare and Important Henry Remmey, Baltimore, Incised Bird PitcherVery Rare and Important Henry Remmey, Baltimore, Incised Bird Pitcher

Powerful Pitcher. Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Bird and Floral Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr. or Jr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1825. This piece is believed to be the largest incised bird pitcher known by any member of the Remmey family, active circa 1730 to 1900 within the cities of New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. While difficult to determine, it may also be characterized as the largest incised bird pitcher known in all of early American stoneware production. This pitcher's combination of grand size and refined Remmey-family incising creates a truly captivating ceramic artwork. Its heavily-tooled base and bipartite branch with scrolled leaves are unusual treatments, which enhance its decorative appeal. A related work is on display at the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. H 15 3/4".

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Exceptional Morgantown, WV Stoneware Jar w/ Civil War Soldier and Woman Motifs

New Morgantown Discovery. Exceptional and Important One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Soldier and Woman Motifs, attributed to the Thompson Pottery, Morgantown, WV, circa 1861-1865. The male figure depicted likely represents a Civil War "lancer," a member of several regiments and companies in both the Union and the Confederacy that used spears or pikes to defeat the enemy. These soldiers were well-known during the time period and were considered particularly fearsome. The jar's apparent Civil-War-themed image is made even more intriguing by its inclusion of a smaller female figure to the soldier's right. This decoration, while possibly representing a child, may also depict the soldier's wife or mother looking on from the distance at her son headed off to war. As the soldier stands with his angled pike over the smaller figure, the viewer is given the sense that she is being protected. The jar's outstanding figural design is complemented by exceptionally bold cobalt slip, not often found on Morgantown people crocks, as well as an appealing small size to the vessel.

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Extremely Rare I. H. WANDS / OLEAN, NY Stoneware Fish Water Cooler w/ Genesee River InscriptionExtremely Rare I. H. WANDS / OLEAN, NY Stoneware Fish Water Cooler w/ Genesee River InscriptionExtremely Rare I. H. WANDS / OLEAN, NY Stoneware Fish Water Cooler w/ Genesee River Inscription

Big Fish. Important and Possibly Unique Four-Gallon Stoneware Double-Spouted Cooler with Cobalt Fish and Floral Decorations, Inscribed "Genesee R"., Stamped Twice "I.H. WANDS / OLEAN, NY", Isaac Hardenbergh Wands, circa 1855. This cooler features an outstanding double-spouted form, rarely seen in 19th century American stoneware. Its wonderful folk art design of a fish is closely-related to that found on an iconic Wands jar, inscribed "Seneca Lake", which was sold in Crocker Farm, Inc.'s May 20, 2006 auction. Just as the jar featured a reference to a body of water in New York State, this cooler includes an inscription for the Genesee River, a tributary of Lake Ontario. An outstanding work in form and decoration. H 14 5/8".

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware

Important African-American Ceramic Work. Exceedingly Rare and Important Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware "Shoo Fly" Jug with Figural Handle, Signed "Anna Pottery / Anna / IL", Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880. While a number of Albany-slip-glazed "Shoo Fly" jugs by Anna Pottery have survived, only a very few salt-glazed examples are known, this jug regarded as the finest and best-conditioned among them. In addition, while the majority of Anna Pottery "Shoo Fly" jugs reveal significant damage to the woman's delicate skirt, this example survives in near-mint condition, with no damage to this area whatsoever. The remarkable condition of this jug is possibly emblematic of its impeccable provenance, having been kept within the Kirkpatrick family until it was purchased by the consignor from a descendant in the 1970s. This jug is easily considered one of the most important examples of cobalt-decorated stoneware with African-American subject matter in existence. H 6".

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Very Important F. H. COWDEN / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jug w/ Indian Chief Decoration

Important Pennsylvania Figural Design. Unique Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Indian Chief Decoration, Stamped "F.H. COWDEN / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1880. The decoration on this jug ranks among the rarest figural motifs known on a piece of Pennsylvania stoneware.

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Exceptional William Pecker (Merrimacport, MA) Stoneware Jar w/ Birds and Washington BustsExceptional William Pecker (Merrimacport, MA) Stoneware Jar w/ Birds and Washington BustsExceptional William Pecker (Merrimacport, MA) Stoneware Jar w/ Birds and Washington BustsExceptional William Pecker (Merrimacport, MA) Stoneware Jar w/ Birds and Washington Busts

Important William Pecker Jar. Six-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Jar with Impressed Bird-and-Floral Motif including George Washington Bust, Incised "S.H.", attributed to William Pecker, Merrimacport, MA, circa 1790-1810. This example is regarded as the finest known example of stoneware by this renowned early Massachusetts potter.

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Rare and Important Alamance County, North Carolina Redware Dish, c1800-35Rare and Important Alamance County, North Carolina Redware Dish, c1800-35

Dynamic Dish. Rare and Important Redware Dish with Elaborate Two-Color Slip Decoration, Alamance County, NC origin, circa 1800-1835. This example is closely-related in its slip-trailed designs and dramatically-flared form to the work of Alamance County master potter, Solomon Loy. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired by the consignor from John Bivins, Jr. Exhibited: Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware, Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Chipstone Foundation, Caxambas Foundation, September 2, 2010 to September 1, 2013. Literature: Illustrated in fig. 50, pg. 46 of Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton, "Slipware from the St. Asaph's Tradition", Ceramics in America 2010. H 1 7/8" ; Diameter 10 7/8".

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Extremely Rare Pair of Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware VasesExtremely Rare Pair of Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware VasesExtremely Rare Pair of Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware VasesExtremely Rare Pair of Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Vases

A Rare Pair. Outstanding Pair of Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Vases, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Each vase is decorated on the exterior with splashed copper glaze and manganese slip over a cream-colored slip ground with sporadic, light lead glaze to areas of surface, and on the interior with a clear lead glaze over a light-orange clay ground. This lot is one of a few pairs of multi-glazed redware vases known from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and the first complete pair of this style that we have seen. The two vases are noteworthy in their sizes, each measuring approximately 11" tall and dwarfing most examples of Strasburg multi-glaze known. Whether unused or treasured by their original owner, they survive in a remarkable state of preservation, particularly when considering the often-flawed condition of glazed Shenandoah Valley redware. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market pair, purchased by the consignor decades ago from a collector in Harper's Ferry, WV. H (of slightly taller vase) 11".

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Exceptional Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock w/ Fine Decoration of a Hatted Man, Ohio, c1880

Midwestern Stoneware Folk Art. Exceptional Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Hatted Gentleman, Ohio origin, circa 1880. Ex-Allan Katz Americana. H 12 5/8".

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Important Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th centuryImportant Southern Pottery Face Jug, Alabama origin, third quarter 19th century

Figural Folk Art. Exceedingly Rare and Important Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Figural Jug, Alabama origin, probably Randolph County, circa 1850-1875. Potted in an impressive three-quart to one-gallon size, this recently-surfaced work is one of the earliest Alabama face vessels known. Its form, glaze, and handle terminal construction, connect it to the state's Randolph County school, one which was strongly influenced by an influx of Edgefield-trained potters during the 1830s. Its expressive face includes broken china teeth and eyes that were glazed and subsequently carved, creating glossy pupils surrounded by matte reddish clay. The distinctive tooled banding throughout the figure's body is found on a number of utilitarian vessels by Bacon Level potters, including pieces by John Barnes and Zachariah T. Ussery. The jug's iron-flecked alkaline glaze, ranging from olive to celadon at the base, is exceptionally rare for such a piece, indicative of an earlier period of manufacture than the vast majority of other Alabama figural pieces known, which were typically glazed with Albany slip or salt over Albany slip. This face vessel is previously undocumented and entirely fresh-to-the-market, having descended in a Texas family to its current owner. Included with this lot is a late 19th or early 20th century photograph of the jug's prior owner, Israel Fuller, and his wife. The reverse of the photograph has a hand-written note, inscribed "Uncle Israel Fuller / Aunt Shug- sister to T.M. Lee / wher (sic) the old brown jug come from. Mike your Great Grand Daddy got it from uncle fuller". This vital information affords us the rare opportunity of helping to establish where and when the jug may have been acquired. H 12 3/8".

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Exceedingly Rare Texarkana Pottery Snake Jug w/ Applied Owl MotifExceedingly Rare Texarkana Pottery Snake Jug w/ Applied Owl MotifExceedingly Rare Texarkana Pottery Snake Jug w/ Applied Owl MotifExceedingly Rare Texarkana Pottery Snake Jug w/ Applied Owl MotifExceedingly Rare Texarkana Pottery Snake Jug w/ Applied Owl Motif

Southern Snake. Exceedingly Rare Stoneware Snake Jug with Applied Owl Motif, Inscribed "Little Brown Jug", attributed to Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, Texarkana, AR, circa 1880. This recently-surfaced work, made in the style of the Kirkpatrick brothers' Anna Pottery, features a glaze treatment and writing style consistent with pieces produced by Jacob Bachley of Texarkana, AR, who, in in his day, was referred to as the "Texarkana Pottery Man". Bachley potted for a short period due to his untimely death and his products are considered significantly rarer than their Anna counterparts. This work is the first snake jug we have seen by any potter with an applied clay owl, although this type of bird was a popular subject of the Kirpatricks, as seen in their well-known owl whistles. An exciting example of Southern-made stoneware in the Anna style. H 3 3/4".

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Exceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Bird Scene

Cowden Brushwork at its Finest. Exceptional Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Bird-and-Floral Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865. This outstanding jar features a central hollow-bodied bird set off against a profusely-brushed cobalt background of leaves, flowers, and radiating strokes. One of the finest examples of Central PA cobalt decoration we have ever offered.

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Exceptional Moravian Redware Woman Flask, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, early 19th centuryExceptional Moravian Redware Woman Flask, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, early 19th centuryExceptional Moravian Redware Woman Flask, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, early 19th centuryExceptional Moravian Redware Woman Flask, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, early 19th centuryExceptional Moravian Redware Woman Flask, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, early 19th century

Southern Belle. Very Rare Moravian Redware Lady Bottle with Tortoiseshell Glaze, Salem, NC origin, circa 1806-1830. In the form of a woman holding a bouquet of flowers, this bottle features a beautiful three-color glaze in the manner of English potter, Thomas Whieldon, including rare copper application to the head and neck. H 6 5/8".

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Exceptional Half-Gallon Greensboro, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Daisy and Star MotifsExceptional Half-Gallon Greensboro, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Daisy and Star MotifsExceptional Half-Gallon Greensboro, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Daisy and Star Motifs

Exceptional Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Daisy and Star Motifs, attributed to James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1865-1870. Visually-striking and highly unusual, this jar utilizes an extremely rare stenciled daisy motif with hollowed banding, found on only a small number of pieces made by James Hamilton & Co. of Greensboro, PA--two of which are illustrated among his finest works known on pg. 176 of Schaltenbrand's Big Ware Turners. The first, a signed jar with vertical stenciling, bears Hamilton's stenciled signature as well as the same daisy motif incorporated into a vine. The second, an unsigned James Hamilton pedestal-based water cooler, which was made for Pittsburgh merchant, Samuel Cooper, utilizes this daisy motif at the base. The stencil's use on these two iconic pieces indicates the design was reserved for Hamilton's best work, which was made during a hey-day of elaborate stenciled and freehand decoration circa 1865-1870. One of the finest small-sized jars with stenciled decoration we have ever offered.

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Rare George Ohr Pottery Biloxi Maritime Plaque, Inscribed Rare George Ohr Pottery Biloxi Maritime Plaque, Inscribed Rare George Ohr Pottery Biloxi Maritime Plaque, Inscribed Rare George Ohr Pottery Biloxi Maritime Plaque, Inscribed

Important Ohr Sculpted Work. Extremely Rare Polychrome-Glazed Biloxi Maritime Plaque, Inscribed "OHR", George Ohr, Bilox, MS origin, circa 1895-1905. This beautifully-glazed piece features a lively view of the ocean, teeming with underwater sea life, a flying pelican, a man on sailboat with American flag, and ships in the distance. Recently-rediscovered, it was likely inspired by views off of Biloxi Beach, as Ohr's shop was located just a few blocks from shore. Because the vast majority of Ohr's production was wheel-thrown, this plaque is considered a particularly rare and noteworthy work, which was slab-constructed and entirely hand-sculpted by this master art potter. The ocean floor is inscribed with the diagonally-incised name, "OHR", just as a painter would sign his or her work. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor from Jim Carpenter at his shop in Montague, NJ in the 1970s. L 10 1/2" ; W 10".

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Rare and Fine George Ohr Pottery Inkwell with Federal Shield and Heart MotifsRare and Fine George Ohr Pottery Inkwell with Federal Shield and Heart MotifsRare and Fine George Ohr Pottery Inkwell with Federal Shield and Heart MotifsRare and Fine George Ohr Pottery Inkwell with Federal Shield and Heart MotifsRare and Fine George Ohr Pottery Inkwell with Federal Shield and Heart Motifs

Patriotic Pot-Ohr-E. Rare and Fine George Ohr Pottery Inkwell with Federal Shield and Heart Motifs, Stamped "GEO E OHR / BILOXI MISS", circa 1895-1900. An outstanding example of Ohr's creative genius, combining his distinctive, contorted vessel style with outstanding incised decoration. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor from Jim Carpenter at his shop in Montague, NJ in the 1970s. L 6 3/8" ; W 5 1/2".

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2 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Detailed Man s Bust Decoration2 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Detailed Man s Bust Decoration

Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of a Gentleman's Bust, New York State origin, circa 1870. The size and detail of this profile decoration is remarkable. The figure's distinctive goatee, wavy, slicked-back hair, and necktie, suggest he may portray the well-known military figure of the American Civil War and Indian Wars, George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), who famously died in "Custer's Last Stand" at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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Rare Baltimore Stoneware Bank with Stepped Finial Inscribed, Rare Baltimore Stoneware Bank with Stepped Finial Inscribed, Rare Baltimore Stoneware Bank with Stepped Finial Inscribed, Rare Baltimore Stoneware Bank with Stepped Finial Inscribed, Rare Baltimore Stoneware Bank with Stepped Finial Inscribed, Rare Baltimore Stoneware Bank with Stepped Finial Inscribed,

Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Presentation Bank with Elaborate Stepped Finial, Inscribed "S.B. 1828", Baltimore, MD origin, 1828. H 7 1/4".

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Exceptional Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / Rices Landing, PA Monumental 20 Gal. Stoneware JarExceptional Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / Rices Landing, PA Monumental 20 Gal. Stoneware JarExceptional Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / Rices Landing, PA Monumental 20 Gal. Stoneware Jar

Big Ware Head-Turner. Outstanding and Important Twenty-Gallon Tapered Stoneware Pot with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "EXCELSIOR WORKS / Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / RICES LANDING, PA", circa 1875. Featuring an extremely rare, squat-shaped form with tapered sides, this monumental pot gained notoriety for its use as the frontispiece of Carmen and Marie Guappone's 1992 book, America's Cobalt Decorated Stoneware- Special Edition: Book III A Pictorial Reference Price Guide, in which it received a $100,000 valuation. It is regarded as the finest example of Isaac Hewitt, Jr. stoneware known. Literature: Illustrated on the first page and frontispiece of Guappone and Guappone, America's Cobalt Decorated Stoneware- Special Edition: Book III: A Pictorial Reference Guide. H 18 1/2" ; Diameter 20 1/2".

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Rare and Fine Pleasant Unity, PA Stoneware Canning Jar w/ Elaborate Freehand DecorationRare and Fine Pleasant Unity, PA Stoneware Canning Jar w/ Elaborate Freehand DecorationRare and Fine Pleasant Unity, PA Stoneware Canning Jar w/ Elaborate Freehand Decoration

Rare and Fine Pleasant Unity, PA Stoneware Canning Jar with Elaborate Freehand Decoration, Western PA origin, circa 1875.

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Extremely Rare JOHN YOUNG & CO. / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Deer JugExtremely Rare JOHN YOUNG & CO. / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Deer JugExtremely Rare JOHN YOUNG & CO. / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Deer Jug

Harrisburg Deer. Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Deer and Floral Motif, Stamped "JOHN YOUNG & CO. / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1856-1858. This jug is one a few deer-decorated stoneware pieces known from Harrisburg, PA, and the only example bearing the rare maker's mark of John Young. Carrying the New York State influence of John Young & Co. potter, Shem Thomas, this jug is regarded as one of the most significant Harrisburg stoneware discoveries of the past several years. Provenance: Recently found in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Exceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Batter Pail w/ Grapes MotifExceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Batter Pail w/ Grapes MotifExceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Batter Pail w/ Grapes Motif

Exceptional One-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Cobalt Open-Centered Grapes Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865. H 7 3/4".

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Exceptional Oversized Redware Shaving Mug, att. Nathaniel Rochester, West Bloomfield, NYExceptional Oversized Redware Shaving Mug, att. Nathaniel Rochester, West Bloomfield, NYExceptional Oversized Redware Shaving Mug, att. Nathaniel Rochester, West Bloomfield, NYExceptional Oversized Redware Shaving Mug, att. Nathaniel Rochester, West Bloomfield, NY

Spontaneous Slip. Exceptional Oversized Redware Shaving Mug with Three-Color Slip Decoration, attributed to Nathaniel Rochester, West Bloomfield, NY, circa 1818-1832. This shaving mug is the first example by this maker we have seen, potted in an imposing large size, and surviving in strong condition. Provenance: Ex-Dr. Goodyear Collection, son of Anson Conger Goodyear, founder of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. H 5 1/4"; Diameter (across top) 5 3/4".

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Exceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird WhistleExceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird WhistleExceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird WhistleExceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird WhistleExceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird WhistleExceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird Whistle

Southern Songbird. Exceedingly Rare Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Bird Whistle, attributed to S. Bell & Sons or J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. This bird whistle, still in working condition, includes two pierced holes in the body to create different notes when occluded with a finger. While bird whistles were produced with some regularity in the Pennsylvania-German redware tradition, this form is considered very rare in Southern pottery production. It is the first Strasburg example that we have seen. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor approximately forty years ago from Shenandoah Valley antiquarian and author, Elmer L. Smith. Smith authored a number of books on Shenandoah Valley culture and folk art, including the 1973 book, Pottery: A Utilitarian Folk Craft. L 3 3/4" ; H 3 3/8".

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Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890Exceptional Miniature Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Strasburg, VA, c1890

Important Shenandoah Child's Set. Extremely Rare Miniature Copper-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attributed to S. Bell & Sons, Strasburg, VA origin, circa 1890. Though we are aware of at least one Strasburg multi-glazed cream pitcher of similar size, this is the first miniature pitcher we have seen made with a matching bowl. John Bell, brother and uncle of the S. Bell & Sons potters, produced a number of similarly-styled sets at his Waynesboro shop, a possible inspiration for this example. Provenance: Recently discovered in West Virginia. H (of pitcher) 3 1/8". H (of bowl) 1 1/8" ; Diam. (of bowl) 3 1/4".

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Exceedingly Rare probably Adam States (mid 18th century) Stoneware Jug w/ Bird DesignExceedingly Rare probably Adam States (mid 18th century) Stoneware Jug w/ Bird DesignExceedingly Rare probably Adam States (mid 18th century) Stoneware Jug w/ Bird DesignExceedingly Rare probably Adam States (mid 18th century) Stoneware Jug w/ Bird DesignExceedingly Rare probably Adam States (mid 18th century) Stoneware Jug w/ Bird Design

Exceedingly Rare and Important Small-Sized Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bird-and-Grapes Motif, probably Adam State, Sr., South Amboy, NJ, Manhattan, NY, or Greenwich, CT, mid 18th century. Probably one of the earliest examples of American stoneware featuring a figural design, this jug represents a significant new discovery, produced during the formative years of the American cobalt-decorated stoneware industry.

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Extremely Rare Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ Stoneware Jug, 18th centuryExtremely Rare Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ Stoneware Jug, 18th centuryExtremely Rare Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ Stoneware Jug, 18th centuryExtremely Rare Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ Stoneware Jug, 18th century

Extremely Rare and Important Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Watch Spring Decoration, attributed to the Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ, circa 1746-1795.

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Outstanding 18th Century Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware JarOutstanding 18th Century Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware JarOutstanding 18th Century Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware JarOutstanding 18th Century Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware Jar

Outstanding and Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, or Kemple Pottery, Ringoes, NJ, circa 1790. While this jar is clearly of eighteenth-century American origin, the form and decoration relate both to examples from the Mead and Kemple potteries.

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Very Fine att. Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware Jar, late 18th centuryVery Fine att. Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware Jar, late 18th centuryVery Fine att. Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware Jar, late 18th centuryVery Fine att. Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT Stoneware Jar, late 18th century

Fine and Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Watchspring Decoration, attributed to Abraham Mead, Greenwich, CT, late 18th century.

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Excellent Boston Stoneware Jug w/ Impressed Fish Decoration, early 19th centuryExcellent Boston Stoneware Jug w/ Impressed Fish Decoration, early 19th century

Excellent One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Impressed Fish Decoration, Boston, Massachusetts, early 19th century. This jug bears what is possibly the most well-detailed Boston fish decoration we have handled.

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Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, c1900Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, c1900Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, c1900Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, c1900Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, c1900Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, c1900

Rare Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, probably Brown Family, Atlanta, GA, late 19th or early 20th century. The reddish clay and aspects of the jug's form and applied features suggest it was probably made by a member of the Brown family of potters in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to establishing their long-standing Arden, North Carolina pottery.

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Rare and Important S. LOY (Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC) Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware JarRare and Important S. LOY (Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC) Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware JarRare and Important S. LOY (Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC) Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware JarRare and Important S. LOY (Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC) Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware JarRare and Important S. LOY (Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC) Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware JarRare and Important S. LOY (Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC) Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar

Rare and Important Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Stamped Twice "S. LOY", Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC, circa 1830. This jar exhibits an outstanding and rare form with open handles closely-related to those seen on redware sugar jars from the St. Asaph's school in which Loy was trained. Typical signed or attributed Loy jars feature thick lug handles attached completely to the body of the vessel. Additionally, this jar is one of a small number of stoneware pieces by this potter known with cobalt decoration. The vast majority of his pieces lack any slip application, instead relying on ash and salt drips from the firing to accent the vessels' surfaces. A few different impressed maker's marks were used on Solomon Loy's stoneware products. While his stamps were typically made from printer's type, this stamp features cruder letters carved by hand. The early-style form of the jar and simple craftsmanship of the stamp strongly suggest this jar was made in the formative years of Loy's stoneware operation. An important work by one of North Carolina's most admired potters, known for his artistry in stoneware and redware production.

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Rare Half-Gallon Great Road (TN or VA) Redware Jug w/ Manganese Slash DesignRare Half-Gallon Great Road (TN or VA) Redware Jug w/ Manganese Slash DesignRare Half-Gallon Great Road (TN or VA) Redware Jug w/ Manganese Slash DesignRare Half-Gallon Great Road (TN or VA) Redware Jug w/ Manganese Slash DesignRare Half-Gallon Great Road (TN or VA) Redware Jug w/ Manganese Slash Design

Rare Half-Gallon Great Road Redware Jug with Manganese Slash Decoration, Eastern TN or Southwestern VA origin, mid 19th century. H 8 3/4".

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Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Poem, 1880Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Poem, 1880Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Poem, 1880Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Poem, 1880Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Poem, 1880

Rare Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Poem, Inscribed "By Anna Pottery" and Dated "1880", Wallace and Cornwall Kirpatrick, Anna, IL, 1880.Reverse incised with the rare poem, "You drink your whiskey / And I,ll drink my wine / You tend to your business. / And I,ll tend to mine / 1880". Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from Texas. L 6 1/4".

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Rare WM MACQUOID (Manhattan) Stoneware Hatted Man Jar, Inscribed

Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Hatted Man Decoration, Inscribed "Good luck.", Stamped "WM MACQUOID & CO / POTTERY WORKS / LITTLE WST 12TH ST. N.Y.", circa 1870.

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4 Gal. W. A. MACQUOID & CO. (New York City) Stoneware Crock with Bold Federal Eagle Decoration

Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Federal Eagle Decoration, Stamped "W.A. MACQUOID & CO. / POTTERY WORKS / LITTLE WST 12TH ST N.Y.", circa 1865. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor forty years ago.

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Fine 4 Gal. J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Deer Crock

Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Standing Deer Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.", circa 1855.

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Very F.B. Norton, Worcester, Mass. Chicken WatererVery F.B. Norton, Worcester, Mass. Chicken WatererVery F.B. Norton, Worcester, Mass. Chicken WatererVery F.B. Norton, Worcester, Mass. Chicken Waterer

Worcester Waterer. Exceedingly Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Chicken Waterer with Cobalt Dove Decoration, Stamped "F.B. NORTON SONS / WORCESTER MASS", circa 1880. Staining around the base indicates this waterer was used with a separate, circular tray as a trough. It is the first example of a chicken waterer from this desirable New England maker that we have seen. H 14 1/4".

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Rare J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON VT Stoneware Jug w/ Hawk Design

Rare One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Flying Hawk Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON VT.", circa 1855.

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2 Gal. COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jar with Man-in-the-Moon Decoration

Scarce Two-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Man-in-the-Moon Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865.

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Extremely Rare 1/2 Gal. Alexandria, VA Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare 1/2 Gal. Alexandria, VA Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare 1/2 Gal. Alexandria, VA Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare 1/2 Gal. Alexandria, VA Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare 1/2 Gal. Alexandria, VA Stoneware Jar Inscribed

Script-Signed Smith. Important and Possibly Unique Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Slip-Trailed Cobalt Floral and Chain Link Decoration, Incised on Underside "Smith", Benedict C. Milburn, Alexandria, VA, circa 1850-1854. The decoration on this jar indicates it was made at Alexandria's Wilkes Street Pottery while under the ownership of Benedict C. Milburn. The similarities of this jar to other pieces bearing the elusive mark, "J.P. SMITH", briefly made by Milburn for merchant, James P. Smith, indicate it may have been made for use or sale by him. To our knowledge, this jar is the only known example of Alexandria stoneware inscribed in this manner. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a Virginia private collection. Literature: Illustrated in Wilder, Alexandria, Virginia Pottery 1792-1876, p. 340. H 7 1/4".

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Extremely Rare Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare Stoneware Jar Inscribed

Early Work by Milburn. Important and Possibly Unique One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Incised on Underside "B C M", Benedict C. Milburn at Hugh Smith's Wilkes Street Pottery, Alexandria, VA, circa 1825-1830. Made while the Wilkes Street Pottery was under the ownership of merchants, Hugh Smith, and his son, Hugh Charles Smith, this jar is possibly the earliest documented work by the celebrated potter, Benedict C. Milburn. The simple initialed signature relates to the incised "D" marks on the underside of other Wilkes Street pieces, believed to have been made by the African-American potter, David Jarbour. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a Virginia private collection. Literature: Illustrated in Wilder, Alexandria, Virginia Pottery, 1792-1876, p. 339.

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Exceptional R. BUTT (Washington, DC) Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Floral Basket DesignExceptional R. BUTT (Washington, DC) Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Floral Basket DesignExceptional R. BUTT (Washington, DC) Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Floral Basket Design

District Decoration. Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Flowering Urn Motif, Stamped "R. BUTT / W. City, D.C.", circa 1835. This jar ranks among the finest-decorated stoneware pieces known from Washington, D.C. and is the only example we have seen from this city incorporating an urn into the design. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a Virginia private collection.

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Very Fine SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / VA Stoneware Milkpan w/ Profuse DecorationVery Fine SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / VA Stoneware Milkpan w/ Profuse Decoration

Exceptional Two-Gallon Stoneware Milkpan with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va", circa 1855. Featuring brushwork related to earlier products Solomon and his brother, Samuel, produced during their tenures in Winchester and shortly after the establishment of their Strasburg shop, this milkpan is the finest example by this important Shenandoah Valley potter that we have seen.

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Rare J. Eberly, Strasburg, Virginia, Redware Lamb Figure, Shenandoah ValleyRare J. Eberly, Strasburg, Virginia, Redware Lamb Figure, Shenandoah ValleyRare J. Eberly, Strasburg, Virginia, Redware Lamb Figure, Shenandoah Valley

Rare Shenandoah Valley Slip-Washed Redware Lamb Doorstop, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, late 19th century. An iconic Shenandoah Valley figural form.

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1 Gal. G. N. Fulton (Alleghany County, Virginia) Stoneware Jar with Profuse Manganese Decoration1 Gal. G. N. Fulton (Alleghany County, Virginia) Stoneware Jar with Profuse Manganese Decoration1 Gal. G. N. Fulton (Alleghany County, Virginia) Stoneware Jar with Profuse Manganese Decoration1 Gal. G. N. Fulton (Alleghany County, Virginia) Stoneware Jar with Profuse Manganese Decoration

Fine One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Manganese Floral Decoration, Signed "G.N. Fulton", Alleghany County, VA origin, circa 1875. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Florida.

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Extremely Rare Miniature Rockingham County, VA Lidded Stoneware JarExtremely Rare Miniature Rockingham County, VA Lidded Stoneware JarExtremely Rare Miniature Rockingham County, VA Lidded Stoneware JarExtremely Rare Miniature Rockingham County, VA Lidded Stoneware JarExtremely Rare Miniature Rockingham County, VA Lidded Stoneware Jar

Extremely Rare Miniature Lidded Shenandoah Valley Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Rockingham County, VA origin, third quarter 19th century. This jar is the first of its size we have seen from this school of potting, and the inclusion of its original lid, one of the smallest we have seen in American stoneware production, is especially noteworthy.

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Very Rare Small-Sized 18th Century Redware Bowl, North Carolina or possibly PhiladelphiaVery Rare Small-Sized 18th Century Redware Bowl, North Carolina or possibly PhiladelphiaVery Rare Small-Sized 18th Century Redware Bowl, North Carolina or possibly Philadelphia

Marbled Miniature. Extremely Rare Diminutive Redware Bowl with Two-Color Marbled Slip Decoration, North Carolina or possibly Philadelphia, PA origin, late 18th century. This bowl features vertical trails of manganese and yellow-colored slip, delicately swirled at the center, a distinctive treatment associated with late 18th century Moravian potters of Bethabara and Salem, North Carolina. Recent archaeological research has revealed marbled slip techniques were also used on redware bowls produced in Philadelphia, PA during the 18th century. For larger examples exhibiting this decoration, see Erickson and Hunter, Making a Marbled Slipware Bowl, Ceramics in America 2010, fig. 1. Provenance: A recently-discovered example, found in the Mid-Atlantic. H 1 7/8" ; Diameter 4 5/8".

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Rare J. H. Miller (Brandenburg, KY) Stoneware Bowl w/ Columbia, Tennessee AdvertisingRare J. H. Miller (Brandenburg, KY) Stoneware Bowl w/ Columbia, Tennessee Advertising

Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Bowl with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stenciled "W.R. ELAM / COLUMBiA. Tenn", attributed to J.H. Miller, Brandenburg, KY, circa 1860. H 6 7/8" ; Diameter 11 1/4".

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Fine 2 Gal. Early Edgefield, SC Stoneware Jar with Slip Fine 2 Gal. Early Edgefield, SC Stoneware Jar with Slip Fine 2 Gal. Early Edgefield, SC Stoneware Jar with Slip Fine 2 Gal. Early Edgefield, SC Stoneware Jar with Slip

Fine Two-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Iron-Slip Floral Decoration, attributed to Thomas Chandler, Kirksey's Crossroads, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor over a decade ago in Baltimore County, MD. H 11 3/4".

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Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Chamberpot or Clabber Bowl with Iron Slip, circa 1850Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Chamberpot or Clabber Bowl with Iron Slip, circa 1850Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Chamberpot or Clabber Bowl with Iron Slip, circa 1850Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Chamberpot or Clabber Bowl with Iron Slip, circa 1850Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Chamberpot or Clabber Bowl with Iron Slip, circa 1850

Alkaline-Glazed Chamber Pot or Clabber Bowl with Iron-Slip Interior, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor over a decade ago in Baltimore County, MD. H 5 7/8" ; Diameter (across top) 6 3/8".

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B.B. CRAIG / VALE, N.C. Stoneware Face Jug w/ Rare Inscribed SignatureB.B. CRAIG / VALE, N.C. Stoneware Face Jug w/ Rare Inscribed Signature

Large-Sized Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Inscribed "B.B. CRAIG HENRY / N.C.", Stamped "B.B. CRAIG / VALE, N.C.", early fourth quarter 20th centuryReverse shoulder with rare hand-incised inscription, "B.B. CRAIG", followed by "HENRY / N.C.", Craig's hometown. Underside with impressed "B.B. CRAIG / VALE, N.C." maker's mark. H 17".

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