Article On Our July 20, 2019 Auction in Antiques And The Arts Weekly

Coverage of our 15th Anniversary Auction in the August 16, 2019 issue of Antiques and the Arts Weekly, published by the Newtown Bee.
Tania Kirkman of Antiques And The Arts Weekly covered our recent 15th Anniversary Auction, and her article just hit newsstands:

World Records Set For Stoneware At $1.13 Million Auction

Feel free to check it out at the link above, and thanks so much to “The Bee” and Tania!



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Early American Face Jugs: An Important New Book by George and Kay White Meyer

Early American Face JugsGeorge Meyer and Kay White Meyer are on the cusp of releasing a landmark issue in the study of period American ceramics: Early American Face Jugs. With over 100 objects represented, this is the first book of its kind, putting one of the most beloved traditional American pottery forms in context and providing a truly sweeping, long-term, geographically broad-based perspective on their production. We were able to see a draft a few months ago and the collection the Meyers’ present is truly stunning, with large photographs detailing each object. Last I heard, it had not started shipping yet, but you can order your copy at the Sandringham Press website.

Over the last several years, interest in the American face vessel has reached a fever pitch, with the World Auction Record just being realized at our July 20th auction, and prices climbing ever higher. In addition to the Meyers’ new book, their collection is currently on exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York (from June 28 to December 31, 2019). It perhaps goes without saying that it would be well worth the trip to Cooperstown to view this unparalleled assemblage!



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Two Important New World Auction Records for American Stoneware

Monumental American Stoneware Face Water Cooler
The Ohio face cooler that broke both the World Auction Record for an American Face Vessel and that for Ohio Stoneware, at $177,000 in our July 2019 auction.
The Ohio face cooler (Lot 43) in our landmark July 20, 2019 Fifteenth Anniversary Auction of American Stoneware & Redware broke two major world records at $177,000 (includes 18% buyer’s premium)! First, it shattered the previous record for an American Face Vessel, a mark that had been achieved at our July 2018 sale for an Edgefield Face Jug that realized $100,300. (The Edgefield jug continues to hold the World Auction Record for both a Southern face vessel and a more standard face jug, versus the more elaborate jug cooler seen here). Face jugs and, more generally, face vessels have become perhaps the most studied and coveted American stoneware form in recent years.

Edgefield Face Jug
The Edgefield face jug that set a World Auction Record for this beloved form at our July 2018 auction.
Finally, this remarkable cooler also achieved the World Auction Record for Ohio Stoneware, the previous record being $114,000 for a water cooler with elaborate federal eagle decoration. My father likes to remind people how much the market for Ohio stoneware has changed and has really come into its own over the past couple of decades. A hotbed of stoneware production, there was a time many years ago where an Ohio maker or Ohio attribution versus one from, say, its neighboring state of Pennsylvania meant an extreme disparity in price. Depending on the object, that is in no way the case any longer, and the mark we saw reached on Saturday is a great example of that!



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New World Auction Record for Alexandria, Virginia Stoneware

HUGH SMITH & CO. Stoneware Jar attributed to Enslaved Potter, Thomas Valentine
Lot 129 (the “Hugh Smith & Co.” jar attributed to enslaved potter Thomas Valentine) in our July 20th auction realized a new World Auction Record for Alexandria stoneware at $17,700 (including 18% buyer’s premium)! This eclipses the previous record, held by a B.C. Milburn water cooler that sold for $15,525 in our March 2008 auction.

You can view all of our Alexandria and Washington, D.C. stoneware highlights here.



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