Saturday, October 19, 2019.

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.

August 29, 2019. 3:32pm. Added more October 26th featured photos to the website this afternoon.

August 28, 2019. 4:17pm. We added more featured photos from our upcoming October 26 auction today.

August 22, 2019. 5:04pm. Added our FIRST PHOTOS of lots to be offered in our upcoming October 26 auction! Click here to view them.

July 25, 2019. 11:55am. Highlights from Saturday's landmark auction have been posted! (Click here to view them.) Feel free to browse the many significant prices realized, including new World Auction Records for an American Face Vessel, Ohio Stoneware and Alexandria, Virginia Stoneware.

July 21, 2019. 10:58am. Prices from yesterday's auction have been posted to the website; click here to view them! We as a family were overwhelmed by your support yesterday. We had what was clearly our largest crowd ever at our gallery and participation from bidders was exceedingly strong throughout the auction. The outpouring of consignments and bids for this, our 15th Anniversary Auction, could not have been more appreciated and please know that you have our sincerest thanks for your support over these many years. We know better than anyone that this business would not be possible without you.

Complete highlights will be posted to the website soon, but amongst many very strong hammer prices, Lot 43, the wonderful large-sized face cooler, realized $177,000 (including 18% buyer's premium): a new World Auction Record for both Ohio stoneware and an American face vessel!

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 October 26th auction. 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!

With Sincerest Thanks, The Zipps

July 19, 2019. 1:25pm. Just a few final notes as we gear up for Saturday's auction:

Remember that the Preview takes place today (7/19), with doors opening at 1pm. The Preview ends at 6pm and at 2pm we will be presenting the lecture, New Discoveries and Old Favorites: Fifteen Years of Specialized Ceramics Sales.

The Auction takes place on Saturday at 10am (eastern time), with doors opening at 8. If you can't attend the sale, info on How to Bid from home is available here. (To answer a question we have received a few times today, YES, our gallery is extensively air-conditioned. The gallery is located at 15900 York Rd in Sparks, MD and directions and accommodations are available here.)

As part of our 15th Anniversary Celebration, we will be giving away three very fine reproductions of American stoneware made and fired by our very own Mark Zipp: These will be given away at different points throughout the sale to bidders in attendance. You can view a photo of them here. Finally, a few notes about phone, absentee and internet bidding:

If you plan on phone bidding or leaving an absentee bid with us, we can easily receive your bids up until 6pm Friday evening.

If you are leaving absentee bids directly through our online catalog, you can continue to do that until 8:30am (eastern time) Saturday morning.

If you plan on live internet bidding during the auction (powered by, try to sign up for that prior to Saturday's auction--we do monitor pending registrations throughout the sale, but registering is not instantaneous, so it helps to sign up as soon as possible.

Thanks again and for all of the details about this auction, links on how to bid, etc., always feel free to see this page. We look forward to seeing and speaking with you.

July 12, 2019. 4:01pm. Added some videos of stoneware and redware in our July 20th auction: Click here to view them.

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