Thursday, April 18, 2019.

April 10, 2019. 11:45am. SUMMER 2019 AUCTION: We are very happy to announce our upcoming July 20, 2019 auction, which marks our 15th Anniversary of holding stoneware auctions. For those new to us, we have been selling American stoneware and redware since 1983, but July 17, 2004 marked our very first Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery--a sale that helped establish Crocker Farm as the premier auction of antique American utilitarian ceramics. We will be celebrating our first 15 years as part of our July sale, and are already accepting consignments for what we are sure will be an exciting event. If you are interested in including your pottery, we are always more than happy to give you a free consultation; please feel free to shoot us an email ( or give us a call (410-472-2016)! We will be adding our first featured photos from this sale soon, so be on the lookout for those; thanks very much for your interest in our auctions! All the Best, The Zipps

March 24, 2019. 2:20pm. Prices from yesterday's auction have been posted to the website; click here to view them! THANK YOU to all of our bidders and consignors for making this yet another successful sale. If you were an absentee, phone, or internet bidding on Saturday and were successful, you should receive an invoice--which will, in the majority of cases, include shipping and insurance--by sometime tomorrow morning. In a few cases (for instance, if we do not have an email address on file for you) we will contact you early this week or mail you a paper invoice. PLEASE REMEMBER: If you left a bid for us to execute on your behalf and our selling price is exactly your maximum bid, you may or may not have won the lot depending on whether or not there was another bid that came in at that amount. If you believe that you won something (or you know that you won something--for instance, if you were a live phone bidder) but do not receive an emailed invoice by Monday evening, please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call.

We are NOW ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS for our July auction (date to-be-announced soon). This Summer's sale marks our 15th Anniversary of holding stoneware auctions and we will be celebrating! If you have one or more pieces you are interested in having us sell for you, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free pre-auction evaluation!

Thank you all again for your bids and consignments!

Best Regards, The Zipps

March 23, 2019. 8:31am. It's Auction Day! If you aren't attending the sale and have not signed up for phone or absentee bidding, you can still bid live over the internet at:

(Full details about Live Internet Bidding are available here. )

March 15, 2019. 3:32pm. Some more videos of stoneware and redware in our March 23rd auction added: Click here to view them.

March 13, 2019. 6:48pm. Added some videos of stoneware and redware in our March 23rd auction (with more to come): Click here to view them.

March 12, 2019. 12:51pm. A Video Preview of Our March 23 Auction: Mark takes us through some highlights from the sale at our 1841 gallery, the Gorsuch Barn.

March 8, 2019. 2:29pm. Catalog Posted: Our March 23rd Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Catalog is now online! CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT.

The auction takes place on Saturday, March 23 at 10am at our historic gallery in Sparks, MD. (Click here for directions, and here for accommodations.) An auction preview will be held on Friday, March 22, from 1-6pm; you can also preview lots beginning at 8am on Saturday.

Remember that there are several different ways to bid if you are unable to attend the auction: Click here for complete bidding info.

If you ever need to contact us, you can do so here, or give us a call at 410-472-2016.

Our first auction of 2019 will start the year with an exciting and diverse group of American ceramic objects spanning over two-hundred years of production—ranging from simple salt-glazed stoneware vessels produced in Manhattan, NY during the 18th century to the highly-expressive face jugs of the Cleveland, GA folk artist, Lanier Meaders, made in the final decades of the 20th century. This sale presents a clear, unbroken history of the evolution of American utilitarian ceramics from household wares to self-aware decorative objects.

Among the lots to be sold is one legendary work, which embodies this transition in a single object: The Anna Pottery High Water Flask. Made in 1884, this flask illustrates, in both its execution and its elaborate incised inscriptions, the role of the potter throughout history, to create something both useful and beautiful. While functional as a personal drinking jug, this piece also relates to the viewer, in its elaborate chip-carved surface and life-like snake handle, where the American ceramics craft was headed in future decades. In the same vein of clay, so to speak, as the High Water Flask, combining a simple utilitarian form with the imaginative sculpting of a true artist, is an Edgefield, South Carolina stoneware face jug, a recent discovery from an old New England estate. At one time foreshadowing the rise of pottery as a highly-respected art form in America, today this work is emblematic of an ever-growing interest in Southern decorative arts. Regarded as one of the greatest face vessels to ever come to public auction, this gutsy work melds a scarce harvest jug form with a well-developed face sporting a twisted mustache. Both of these pots push the limits of their craft. Both epitomize our fascination with the best examples of early American pottery: objects that are at once everyday and practical, but also delicate, beautiful, and provocative.

Crossing the block from a vastly different place and time is the "Peter Machett 1812" stoneware ring flask, which survives as a testament to the artistry of Manhattan, New York's early stoneware manufacturers. Its siblings, produced by the same as-yet-unidentified hand, are considered two of America's most iconic ceramic works: the "Elizabeth Crane 1811" punch bowl, owned by the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, NY, and the "Henry Edoson 1804" flask, housed in the Weitsman Collection at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY and featured on the cover of the groundbreaking book, Art for the People.

Other highlights in this auction include two magnificent New York State stoneware water coolers, one by the Albany-trained master, Calvin Boynton, of Troy and another made by Cortland's Madison Woodruff, while a young man working at the shop of Thomas Chollar and Joseph Darby in nearby Homer. A newly-discovered redware tea canister by the Mercer, Pennsylvania potter, Ezra White, bearing an 1846 date on the underside, is the long-lost brother of an example in the Esmerian collection, and related to a pair owned by Colonial Williamsburg. Four recently-surfaced Anna Pottery pig flasks have made their way to this auction from various parts of the country, displaying the Kirkpatricks' employment of different molds, glaze treatments, and hand-incised inscriptions. And a Pittsburgh, PA stoneware advertising jar by nearby Greensboro potter, Alexander Boughner, displays fluid striped and bird-form brushwork worthy of any American folk art collection.

Above are just a few of the important standouts offered in our March 23rd auction. We hope you enjoy reading this catalog as much as we have enjoyed acquiring, admiring, and researching these objects. Consignments are already arriving for our Summer 2019 auction, a special event, which will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of our company. For those wishing to consign, whether it be one quality item or an entire collection, please contact us as soon as possible. In the meantime, we look forward to talking with you in the coming weeks and seeing many of you on sale day.

Finally, the Print Catalog for this is now shipping! It features over 500 lots of American stoneware & redware laid out over 160+ pages, and as always serves as a great reference source on antique American utilitarian pottery. You can order your copy today by visiting our Online Store, calling us at (410) 472-2016, or mailing a check for $37.35 (includes priority shipping) to: Crocker Farm, 15900 York Rd, Sparks, MD 21152.

Best of luck to all of our bidders and thanks very much to our consignors for making this another great sale! Our Best, The Zipps

March 4, 2019. 5:03pm. Forthcoming Spring Catalog:

The catalog for our March 23rd Auction of American Stoneware & Redware is now available for pre-order, and will begin shipping around the end of this week; the online version will be posted around the same time. Featuring over 500 lots of antique American stoneware and redware, this is yet another excellent sale, including many museum-quality examples--laid out over 160+ pages. If you'd like to order your copy and have it shipped to you as soon as it's back from the printer, you can do so at:

(Alternatively, please feel free to mail a check for $37.35, which includes priority shipping, to: Crocker Farm, 15900 York Rd, Sparks, MD 21152, or give us a call at 410-472-2016 to order over the phone.)

Thanks very much for your interest!

February 21, 2019. 4:48pm. Added more featured photos from our upcoming March 23rd auction. Remember, the consignment deadline is Monday, but we still have time to include quality examples if you contact us by the end of the week. Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call if you are interested in featuring anything in this outstanding sale.

February 20, 2019. 5:09pm. Added MORE PHOTOS of featured March 23rd stoneware and redware auction lots.

February 15, 2019. 5:08pm. Added more featured photos of March 23rd stoneware and redware auction lots.

February 13, 2019. 4:31pm. Added MORE PHOTOS of featured March 23rd stoneware and redware auction lots.

February 6, 2019. 5:24pm. Added more featured photos of March 23rd stoneware and redware auction lots.

January 22, 2019. 5:03pm. Added MORE PHOTOS of featured March 23rd stoneware and redware auction lots.

January 14, 2019. 4:06pm. Our FIRST PHOTOS of Stoneware & Redware to be sold in our upcoming March 23rd auction have been posted this afternoon! Click here to view them. We are NOW ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS for what will be another excellent sale. Please feel free to contact us to discuss including your pottery!

For those new to us, we add select featured photographs of lots from each auction in the lead-up to the release of the catalog, which typically happens about two weeks before auction day--so feel free to continue to check back in the coming days / weeks as we continue to add photos. Again, we are always more than happy to provide you with a free, accurate, up-to-date evaluation of any pottery we feel would be a good fit for our auction--the consignment deadline for this auction will not be until close to the end of February, so there is still a lot of time to receive your pieces and properly promote them for this auction. Thanks again for your interest! The Zipps

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