HOW TO BID

LIVE, IN-PERSON BIDDING

The auction is held at our gallery, the 1841 Gorsuch Barn, in Sparks, Maryland. Click here for directions.

Each auction is preceded by an auction preview, where you can view and handle every lot in the auction and ask us any questions you have. The preview and auction are both well attended and are a great opportunity to meet and visit with fellow stoneware and redware collectors.

We always enjoy meeting both old and new customers, and have fun talking stoneware and redware with you, so if you do attend the auction, feel free to come up and introduce yourself! If you have pieces of antique American pottery--or other antiques--you'd like us to look at, we are more than happy to give you our opinion, so please also feel welcome to bring pieces or photos along. If you're thinking of consigning to us, our auctions are excellent opportunities for you to meet with us.

Auction and Preview Times

Our next sale, our Spring 2019 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery, will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Our auctions begin at 10am and last as long as the lots are still selling, until sometime in the afternoon.

A preview will be held on Friday, March 22, from 1pm to 6pm, and you can also preview all lots from 8am to 10am before the auction starts on Saturday.

For more information on our next auction, please visit our Stoneware Auction Info page.

Registering to Bid

During the auction preview on Friday or Saturday (or even after the auction has already started), all are welcome to register to bid in each auction. Simply walk up to our registration table and we will register you. Generally, all we need from you to sign you in is a valid driver's license. For those unknown to us, we may ask for a bank letter of credit before authorizing you to bid; if you've never dealt with us before, you might want to just give us a call before the auction to open an account with us.

Once you are registered, we give you a bidding number that you show the auctioneer whenever you have successfully bid on a lot.

Order of Sale

Everything is sold according to lot number; so lot 1 is sold at about 10 am, lot 2 is sold after that, and so on. We generally average about 80 lots an hour, with the auction running slower at the beginning and picking up speed as we go along.

How to Bid

Bidding happens just as in any other traditional auction you have attended. Our auctioneers call the sale and sell each lot in order. If you win an item, simply show the auctioneer your bidding number and your lot will be held for you until you're ready to leave. When the day is over, or you're done bidding, if you were successful simply come back to the registration desk, pay your bill, and your items will be given to you. We generally have plenty of boxes and packing material on-hand that you can use free of charge, but depending on what you buy and how you will be transporting it, you might want to bring your own packing materials along.

Other Ways to Bid

Click here to return to our bidding page for info on all of our other bidding methods.

Terms and Conditions

Please familiarize yourself with our terms and conditions before bidding.


How-To's on All of Our Bidding Methods

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