Probably PA Redware Hen Figure Whistle Bank, 1822

May 21, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 156

Price Realized: $6,050.00

($5,500 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium)

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Rare Redware Hen Whistle Bank with Incised Initials "M S" and Date "1822," probably Pennsylvania, possibly Montgomery County, circa 1822, redware bank in the form of a sitting hen with tail in the form of a whistle. Incised face and feather details. Initials "M S" incised on the tail, and date "1822" incised on underside. Clear lead glaze with cream-colored highlights. Rare form and early date. For similar bird-form redware items, see The Philadelphia Museum of Art"s The Pennsylvania German Collection, Handbooks in American Art No. 2, by Beatrice B. Garvan, pp. 92, 208, 218-221, and 235. Light wear to slot. Base chips. Height 4 1/4" ; Length 5 3/4". Provenance: Christie"s Sale for The Seamen"s Bank for Savings, March 13, 1991, Lot #180. Ex-Collection Bill Bertoia.

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