Pennsylvania Redware American Indian Bank

March 8, 2008 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 152

Price Realized: $4,025.00

($3,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding Glazed Folk Art Redware Indian with Stump Bank, Bucks County, PA origin, possibly Jacob Fretz, circa 1810, figure of an indian peering from behind a stump on a circular base. Indian detailed with applied headdress, boots with fringe, and tunic having cream-with-green spotting and X-shaped incising. Indian also holds a hatchet in his right hands, perhaps ready to attack anyone who attempts to take the money from the bank. Stump with cream and green slip decoration, incised bark and knots, and applied vine. Base with coleslaw shrubs, highlighted in green and cream. Slot on top of bank. This bank bears some similarity to a horse-and-rider sander and horse inkstand, pictured on page 169, plates 14 and 15, of Garvan's The Pennsylvania German Collection. Both are incised "Jacob Fretz," active in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, PA, circa 1810. 1/4" x 2" stripe of paint on back of indian, perhaps used to cover up minor damage or an in-the-firing touch mark. Otherwise near mint condition. H 6" ; Diameter 5 1/4".

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