Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

January 23, 2020. 5:17pm. Added more March 21st featured photos to the website this afternoon.

January 10, 2020. 3:19pm. We began adding FEATURED PHOTOS this afternoon from our upcoming March 21 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery. (Click here to view them.) We are NOW ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS for what will be another great sale. Please feel free to contact us today to discuss including your pieces; our rates remain as low as they have been for the last several years and the market is as strong as ever, so if you've been considering selling one or more items from your collection, now's a great time. We will be adding more photos, as usual, on a regular basis now, so feel free to check back and see what we have to offer in our first auction of 2020. All Our Best, The Zipps

January 2, 2020. 1:49pm. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 20, 2019. 9:32am.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a blessed 2020! All our Best, The Zipps

(Please note: We will be closed for the holidays until January 2nd.)

December 13, 2019. 11:11am. Spring Auction Date: The date for our upcoming Spring 2020 auction (our first of the year) has just been finalized, and it's March 21, 2020. We are now accepting consignments for this sale and will begin posting photos to the website in the new year. Thanks to everyone for your much-appreciated support in 2019 and we hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season! All Our Best, The Zipps

October 27, 2019. 1:40pm. Prices from yesterday's auction have been posted to the website; click here to view them

Thank you to our bidders and consignors for making this yet another successful sale. If you were an absentee, phone, or internet bidder 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.

Thanks very much!! The Zipps

October 25, 2019. 1:05pm. A few quick notes about bidding in tomorrow's auction: If you are not attending the auction and plan on bidding, please remember to set up phone or absentee bidding as soon as possible. We can continue to easily take your bids until this evening; after that time, it can be difficult to do so. If you are leaving absentee bids via our online catalog, you can continue to do so until 8:30am tomorrow. Finally, if you plan on live internet bidding tomorrow, please try to sign up as soon as possible; we do monitor your registrations throughout the sale, but it is always best to allow time to resolve an issues you might have etc.

For info on all of our remote bidding methods, how they work, etc., click here.

The auction starts at 10am on Saturday (with doors opening at 8) and all are welcome to attend. The preview is happening as we speak, from 1-6pm. As usual, free food and beverages are provided at the preview and the auction. Directions to our gallery are available at and nearby quality hotels are listed at

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Us. Thanks very much and we look forward to another exciting auction!

October 18, 2019. 2:57pm. Added some videos of stoneware in the upcoming sale, with more to come early next week! Click here to view them.

October 11, 2019. 3:34pm. Catalog Posted: Our October 26th Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Catalog is now online! CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT.

The auction takes place on Saturday, October 26 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, October 25, 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 final auction of 2019 will be headlined by two masterworks from very different schools of early American ceramic craftsmanship. One, a cobalt-decorated stoneware water cooler, was made by potter, Moses Clark Bell, in the small town of Cornwall, New York, fifty-five miles north of Manhattan. Dated August 15, 1825, this work features one of the most outstanding incised decorations known on an example of American stoneware: a large, delicately-scrawled mermaid with impressed scales and looping tail—a true folk portrait in clay. The second masterwork, produced five states south, is a recent discovery in the mysterious and ever-popular genre of the American face vessel: an oversized face harvest jug from Edgefield, South Carolina, made circa 1840-1875. Featuring a highly-unusual surface treatment of green alkaline glaze with poured iron slip highlights, this work displays expressive modeling related to African art, further enhanced by the enormous size of the vessel. To our knowledge, it is one of the two largest documented face jugs produced by this highly-influential region of Southern stoneware production. The mermaid cooler and the face jug represent the decorative zeniths of their regional styles, and this auction offers an opportunity to acquire a museum-quality object at a level rarely made available for sale.

Our Fall auction is rounded out with a fine selection of stoneware and redware objects from the Northern, Southern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern United States, ranging from 18th century utilitarian stoneware pieces from the Northeast to 20th century face jugs by master folk artists of the South. Other highlights in this sale include:

An Outstanding Redware Dish with Profuse Slip Decoration, attributed to the Albright/Loy Pottery, Alamance County, NC, circa 1790-1820.

An Extremely Rare Miniature Redware Pitcher with Profuse Slip Decoration, attributed to the Albright/Loy Pottery, Alamance County, NC, circa 1790-1820.

An Important Iron-Oxide-Decorated Stoneware Jar with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Inscribed "Liberty," Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1795-1815.

An Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration, Inscribed "C. Atterbury / August 24th, 1807," Manhattan, NY area, possibly Crolius Family, 1807.

An Important Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Rooster Decoration, Stamped "JOHN YOUNG & CO. / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1856-1858.

A Historically Significant Large-Sized Stoneware Face Pipe Depicting a Native-American Chief, made by Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1873.

An Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Scarecrow-in-Garden Decoration, Stamped "FORT EDWARD / POTTERY CO.," Fort Edward, NY, circa 1859.

A Very Rare Stoneware Water Cooler with Incised Eagle Decoration, Stamped "MOORE & COLVIN," Tallmadge, OH, circa 1850.

An Important Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Canning Jar, Stamped "RICH WILLIAMS," Greenville County, SC, late 19th or early 20th century.

An Excellent Selection of Western PA Stoneware, including Rare Forms and Decorations, circa 1865-1885.

Deer-Decorated Stoneware Pieces by William Macquoid of Manhattan, NY, circa 1870.

A Fine Selection of Bell Family Pottery.

An Outstanding Selection of New England Redware.

A Selection of New York State Stoneware Crocks with Canine Decorations, second half 19th century.

We would like to thank everyone for making 2019, our fifteenth year in the auction business, one of our most successful and most memorable to date.

Finally, the Print Catalog for this is now shipping! It features 500 lots of American stoneware & redware laid out over 170 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

October 8, 2019. 11:10am. Forthcoming Fall Catalog:

The catalog for our October 26th 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 almost 500 lots of antique American stoneware and redware, this is yet another great sale, including many museum-quality examples--laid out over 170 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!

October 8, 2019. 10:47am. Added more October 26th featured photos to the website this morning.

September 25, 2019. 3:34pm. Added more October 26th featured photos to the website this afternoon.

September 20, 2019. 11:23am. More featured photos and CONSIGNMENT DEADLINE:

You can view more featured photos from the October 26th sale (posted this afternoon) by clicking here.

Also, don't forget that the Consignment Deadline for this sale is Tuesday, October 1. As evidenced by what we saw in July, the market for quality American stoneware & redware at our auction remains extremely strong and--as usual--this will also be our last auction of the year, with the next opportunity for you to include your pottery coming in March. This is a great time to include your higher end examples of stoneware or redware in an ideal venue, and we are always more than happy to discuss your pieces with you, and give you a free, discrete and accurate assessment of them. As always, all special examples receive the full benefit of our extensive national advertising in the major antiques trade papers and featuring on our website. Feel free to contact us! Best, The Zipps

September 17, 2019. 3:20pm. Added more October 26th featured photos to the website this afternoon.

September 9, 2019. 3:51pm. We added more featured photos from our upcoming October 26 auction today.

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