Summer 2020 Auction Retrospective

Thank you to everyone for making our Summer 2020 auction such a success. Like our Spring sale, this auction was another “white-glove” event (all items sold) with a gross of over $1.1 million for 442 lots. A number of record and near-record auction prices were achieved, including a world auction record of $96,000 for a single-handled stoneware jug by the Edgefield, SC potter, Dave. Other highlights included:

$72,000 – Anna Pottery / IL Stoneware Temperance Jug
$72,000 – Dave / Edgefield, SC Double-Handled Stoneware Jug
$42,000 – Ft. Edward, NY Stoneware Urn (World Auction Record for Form)
$36,000 – Solomon Bell and John Bell Stoneware Presentation Jar
$25,200 – J. & E. Norton / Bennington, VT Stoneware Deer Jug
$20,400 – J. & E. Norton / Bennington, VT Stoneware Double-Pheasant Churn
$20,400 – Anna Pottery / IL Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig Flask
$19,200 – Anna Pottery / IL “Horace Greeley” Stoneware Pig Flask
$19,200 – NC Moravian Redware Fish Bottle
$18,000 – Remmey / Philadelphia, PA Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial
$15,600 – Cowden & Wilcox / Harrisburg, PA Stoneware Jug with Bird and Grapes
$13,200 – B.C. Milburn / Alexa., VA Stoneware Jar (World Auction Record for Form by Maker)
$12,000 – Thomas Downing / NY Stoneware Oyster Jar (World Auction Record for Form)
$12,000 – Thomas M. Jackson / NY Stoneware Oyster Jar (World Auction Record for Form)
$10,800 – NC Moravian Redware Bowl with Three-Color Slip Decoration
$6,600 – 18th New England Redware Bottle with Slip Decoration
$5,400 – Lanier Meaders / Cleveland, GA Stoneware Devil Jug

A recent write-up on this auction from Antiques & The Arts Weekly is available here or via their own website here.

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As evidenced by prices in our last two auctions, the market for high-quality American stoneware and redware is stronger than ever. We want to thank you for your participation as both consignors and bidders, and are encouraged by the positive feedback that we have again received regarding our current online bidding format. Our NEXT AUCTION will be conducted in the same manner, with an online session opening on Friday, November 20 and closing on Friday, December 4. A telephone callback session will be held on Saturday, December 5 for the top four bidders on lots that have reached a bid level of $2,000 or more.

While we may live in uncertain times, there is still an intense need among collectors and institutions for objects that speak to the creativity and history of our great nation. For those wishing to consign, whether it be one high-quality piece or an entire collection, please contact us as soon as possible for a free and confidential evaluation of your pottery.

Stay safe, everyone, and be sure to check our website in the coming weeks for highlights from our Fall 2020 Auction of American Stoneware and Redware.

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