Anna Pottery Snake Jug

November 1, 2008 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 1

Price Realized: $21,275.00

($18,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Stoneware Snake Jug, Incised "Little Brown Jug / By / Anna Pottery / 1885," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, Ill, highly ovoid jug with tooled spout, highly unusual scalloped foot, and hand-modeled applied snake handle. Snake is formed and styled with great attention to detail, applied in a defensive pose, with thick, puffed-up body coiled around the jug's spout, heavily incised with scales. Its wide, flattened head, characteristic of venomous snake species, is incised with large eyes, nostrils, and mouth, along with the very rare inscription "Pizen," a colloquial for "poison." (Regardless of the Kirkpatricks' true stance on the dangers of alcohol consumption, this jug makes a clear allusion to the issue with its snake-form handle and inscription on the creature's head.) Surface covered in an Albany slip glaze. Likely one of the finest "Little Brown Jug" 's produced by the Kirkpatricks of Anna, Illinois. Mint condition. H 5 3/8".

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