Friday, August 7, 2020.

August 7, 2020. 9:04am. Our Summer auction is open for bidding! For a quick intro to the auction and a great video gallery walk that Mark and Luke put together, please see our latest blog posting: Summer 2020 Auction: Introduction and Gallery Walk

Quick Links: Full Online Catalog  |  How to Bid

August 6, 2020. 9:09am. The online catalog is now available for browsing in anticipation of the start of bidding, which occurs tomorrow morning (Friday, August 7) at 10am. Click here to view it!

If you didn't participate in our last auction, please check out our How to Bid page to familiarize yourself with the format of this auction. If you did bid in the Spring auction, the only differences are slight changes in the way we handle callbacks and new details about visiting the gallery and previewing items in person. (Click here for all of that info.)

Thanks very much for your interest in this auction and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

July 21, 2020. 4:26pm. Added more August featured photos to the website this afternoon.

July 14, 2020. 3:42pm. We added more featured photos from our upcoming August auction today.

July 10, 2020. 2:07pm. Added more August featured photos to the website this afternoon. (Please note that photos have been rearranged.)

June 30, 2020. 2:29pm. We added more featured photos from our upcoming August auction today.

June 24, 2020. 1:43pm. Added more August featured photos to the website this afternoon.

June 18, 2020. 2:58pm. Added our FIRST PHOTOS of lots to be offered in our upcoming August auction! Click here to view them.

May 8, 2020. 9:39am. Thank you for your strong support of our Spring 2020 auction! The sale was a tremendous success, setting a number of records, including a World Record for an American Utilitarian Pottery Auction, being our highest grossing sale to date. This auction was a "white-glove" event, which experienced a 100% sell-through rate, also achieving our highest average price per lot at over $3,600/ lot. Notable records set in this auction include:

$1,386,840 - WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR AN AMERICAN UTILITARIAN POTTERY AUCTION. (Prices include 20% buyer's premium)







Our sincere gratitude goes out to all who made this event an historic one for us, despite the uncertain times in which we currently live.

Like our Spring auction, our Summer 2020 sale was originally planned as an on-site, live auction to be held in July at our gallery in Sparks, Maryland. However, it has become apparent due to COVID that this event, too, will not be able to be held in the manner in which it was conceived--at least not in any feasible way. After careful consideration, we are announcing that our Summer 2020 auction will again be held in a remote, online format in August, with the dates to be determined soon. A number of outstanding consignments are already in hand and we are currently procuring objects for this auction. For those unable to ship their items, please feel free to contact us to discuss a complimentary, no-contact pick-up of your pottery.

Saturday's hammer prices indicate a strength in the market rarely seen before and a keen focus among collectors to aggressively pursue objects that they truly love. We encourage any potential consignors to contact us as soon as possible as space in our Summer auction is limited. Please check our website in the coming weeks as we begin to post highlights. We look forward to another fun and exciting ceramics event in August and to once again bringing you the finest selection of early American pottery available anywhere.

All Our Best,
Anthony, Barbara, Brandt, Luke & Mark Zipp

May 2, 2020. 7:34am. Thanks so much to everyone who's participated in our current auction! As noted, those of you who won lots in the online portion of the auction (which completed last night) will receive your invoices by first thing Monday morning; we are compiling them over the course of the weekend. Today's final phone bidding session begins at 10am; if you haven't yet looked at the schedule or want further information, please see:

Remember also that you can follow the results of today's phone bidding session here:

Feel free to take a look! Final hammer prices will be noted as soon as the bidding on any given lot is completed.

May 1, 2020. 12:14pm. IMPORTANT FINAL NOTES:

We've reached the final day of internet bidding for our current Spring 2020 auction. Thanks so much for all of your bids and for your strong interest in this sale! Since bidding through the website will close at 10pm eastern time, here are a few last-minute reminders / things to expect:

Lots that do not reach a bid level of $1000 by tonight's auction close sell at that time. Any lots receiving new competing bids after 9:50pm extending 10 minutes beyond their final bid. For example, if someone bids on a lot at 9:55 tonight, that lot will close at 10:05, barring any other bids. (To answer a potential question, if you are already the high bidder during this period and decide to increase your maximum bid, this will NOT extend the auction time.)

Lots that have reached a threshold of $1000 go on to final bidding in Saturday's phone bid / callback session, which will proceed as closely to a regular Crocker Farm auction as possible, and is open only to the top four bidders on each of these $1000+ lots. Please make sure you have your current Phone Number(s) on file with us if you plan on participating in Saturday's phone bidding session. You can update your contact info by visiting: If you'd like a sense of when we'll be calling you--or would simply like more information on this process--please visit:

Whether you win lots tonight or are going to be bidding with us tomorrow, the website's catalog pages will update you accordingly. You will be notified that you've won any given lot in the following ways: On each lot page, right now you are currently updated if (a) You are the current high bidder (b) You have been outbid (c) You are a top four bidder. At the auction close, these same pages will also tell you if you've won the lot. Meanwhile, your My Bids page (available from any of the lot pages) will also keep a running score of what you have and haven't won. Finally, at the end of tonight's bidding we will be generating End of Auction Reports that will come to your email inbox, telling you everything you've won and everything for which you will be called during tomorrow's phone session. (Proper final invoices will also be emailed to you once they have been collated; these will be sent first thing Monday morning.)

Finally, you can follow Saturday's phone bidding online and see the final hammer price of each lot as soon as it sells, at the following link; this page will remain blank until we have collated all of the callback lots following tonight's internet bidding:

If you have any questions, please just let us know, and we look forward to speaking with many of you tomorrow. Thank you again!

All Our Best,
Anthony, Barbara, Brandt, Luke & Mark Zipp

April 27, 2020. 1:13pm. A Few Important Notes: Online bidding for this sale ends this Friday, May 1st, at 10pm eastern time, with a special callback session on Saturday, May 2, for lots that have achieved a bid of $1000 by the previous evening's close.

Since we're approaching the end of the sale, here are a few details / clarifications about the last two days of the auction:

1. Online Auction End: Bidding ends on each lot at 10pm eastern time. However, any lots that receive bids within 10 minutes of that closing time (in other words, from 9:50pm onward) will end ten minutes beyond their latest bid. For example, if someone bids on an item at 9:52 pm, that lot will close at 10:02 pm, barring any further bids. If someone then bids on that lot at 10:01pm, the lot would close at 10:11pm, and so on. Once the final ten minutes expires, the lot is closed for online bidding. Lots that have not reached a minimum of $1000 are now sold. Lots that have reached a minimum of $1000 go on to the following day's Callback Session.

2. Callback Session: Lots that have reached the aforementioned $1000 minimum will be sold via telephone bidding on Saturday, May 2. As has always been the case with our auctions, this session will begin at 10am eastern time, and phone bidding will proceed as similarly to our live auctions as possible, with the top four bidders on each of these lots being called simultaneously to compete against each other in the manner of traditional phone bidding. We will begin with Lot 1 and continue throughout the day; we are currently working on a schedule that lumps lots into hour-long windows within which you should expect your lot(s) to sell. We will be releasing this schedule over the next few days; please make sure you are available for a phone call during the time windows stipulated for each lot.

To answer what may be common questions about who is eligible to bid in the Callback Session: Only the top four bidders as of the previous evening's auction close will be eligible to participate on any given lot. The lot itself must have hit a minimum online bid of $1000 for it to be included in this session, but a top four bidder does not have to have bid $1000 on that lot in order to be included. For example, if a lot has reached exactly $1000, all three underbidders would be included on Saturday, even though they may have bid $500, $600, and $950, respectively.

Again, we'll be in touch with the phone bidding schedule for May 2 along with other details; if you have any questions, always feel free to give us a call at (410) 472-2016 or email us. We hope you all are enjoying our online bidding format and look forward to speaking with many of you on May 2nd!

April 17, 2020. 3:55pm. Added some more videos of lots featured in our current auction. Click here to view them!

April 8, 2020. 11:13am. Video Gallery Walk: Mark and Luke shot a gallery walk for our current Spring 2020 auction. You can check it out on our Videos Page, our Blog, or directly on YouTube here.

April 6, 2020. 3:47pm. Relaunched Spring 2020 Stoneware / Redware Auction Online: Our postponed Spring 2020 auction is now live! Relaunched as a remote-only, internet / phone / absentee auction, you can begin leaving bids right through our website here.

The auction will run from today, April 6, through Friday, May 1, with a special callback session for $1000+ lots on Saturday, May 2, to complete the sale.

If you have any questions about how the new auction works, feel free to visit our How to Bid page or please contact us; browsing the catalog, though, will probably answer most questions, and we have tried to make bidding as easy and engaging as possible.

Thanks very much for your interest in our auctions, and we continue to wish you health and safety during this time.

Our Very Best,
Anthony, Barbara, Brandt, Luke & Mark Zipp

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