First of all, thanks so much to everyone for your tremendous response to our last (Spring) auction, held in April and May. A number of world auction records were broken and we were truly overwhelmed by your participation in what, out of necessity, was a brand new format for us.
Our Summer sale will again be held in this remote-only, online format (with phone and absentee bidding also available for those who prefer it). The sale begins on Friday, August 7, at 10am and the main bidding session ends on Friday, August 21, at 10pm. Lots that have reached a threshold of a $2000 bid level by that point are sold as part of the Saturday, August 22, callback session–a phone bidding period that is as close to a live Crocker Farm auction as possible, available only to the top four bidders on any $2000+ lot. This same basic format is what we used in the Spring auction and it worked extremely well. For more information on how all of this works, please visit our How to Bid page.
Our Summer 2020 auction is defined by its quality. Many of the lots in this auction are exceptional, some are unique, and some are considered masterworks. A number have comparable examples in the nation’s leading public and private collections. The broad scope of American pottery represented, from Clarkson Crolius stoneware to Bennington flint enamel to George Ohr art pottery, makes this catalog read like a survey of American ceramic history.
Highlighting this auction is an extremely rare, double-handled stoneware jug with alkaline glaze by the enslaved potter, Dave, of Edgefield, South Carolina. The double-handled jug form is among the most artistic and coveted in the Edgefield stoneware tradition and Dave’s surviving oeuvre indicates he rarely produced it. Beautifully-glazed and inscribed in large script, “Lm / August 31. 1852 / Dave”, this jug is among the finest examples of Dave stoneware to come to auction in years.
Other highlights in this auction include: A Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Inscribed “Lm / Aug 17. 1852 / Dave,” Edgefield, SC, 1852. An Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug with Stopper, Anna, IL, circa 1865. A Monumental Two-Piece Stoneware Urn with Cobalt Chicken Pecking Corn, Bird, and Foliate Motifs, attributed to Ft. Edward, NY, circa 1875. A Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Horse and Jockey, Stamped “C.W. BRAUN / BUFFALO, N.Y.,” circa 1870. A Five-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped “JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER,” NY origin, circa 1860. A Six-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Lidded Stoneware Presentation Jar, Incised on Underside “January the / 1 1874 / Made by Solomon Bell / for Tillie Bell / Waynesboro, Pa,” Stamped “JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO’,” 1874. A Fine Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio origin, circa 1830-1860. Benedict C. Milburn’s Finest Known Stoneware Jar, Alexandria, VA, circa 1850. A Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decoration and Cobalt 1854 Date, Stamped “T.W. CRAVEN,” Randolph or Moore Counties, NC, 1854. A Copper-Glazed Moravian Redware Fish Bottle, Salem, NC origin, circa 1801-1829. A Glazed Redware Pig Flask, attributed to Daniel or Joseph Henne, Bern Township, Berks County, PA, circa 1830-1860. A Slip-Decorated Redware Bottle, probably Charlestown, MA, 18th century. A Three-Gallon Stoneware Beer Cooler with Elaborate Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Mid-Atlantic or Ohio River Valley origin, circa 1830. A Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bird and Grapes Decoration, Stamped “COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA,” circa 1865. A Fine Selection of Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flasks, Anna, IL, circa 1870-1885. Two Ceramic Log Cabin Banks, Signed by Thomas Haig, Jr., Philadelphia, Dated 1852. A Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, made by Richard C. Remmey, 1892. One of the Finest Selections of West Virginia Stoneware Ever to Come to Auction. A Selection of George Ohr Pottery, Biloxi, MS, late 19th or early 20th century.
This sale features well over 400 lots of quality American stoneware and redware pottery. If you enjoy previewing items in person, we’d welcome your visit to our gallery. Previews are available by appointment only, weekdays, 9-4pm, August 7-21. Please feel free to contact us to set this up.
And finally, we shot a video of Mark taking us through the gallery, highlighting things he finds interesting, and providing a great overview of the auction as a whole. Take a look: