New England Redware Batter Pitcher w/ Boston Merchant's Stamp on Underside

July 16, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 165

Price Realized: $2,300.00

($2,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding and Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Pitcher with Boston Merchant Ink Stamp, New England origin, 19th century, ovoid pitcher with rounded foot, tooled midsection, and applied strap handle, decorated around the midsection with wavy bands of cream-colored slip over a colorful green clay ground with orange spots. Additional slip decoration from rim in the form of a vertical stripes. Surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Underside impressed with the merchant mark, "F.A. WALKER / & CO. / BOSTON," produced with an oval ink stamp. This firm operated on 83 and 85 Cornhill St, and 6 and 8 Brattle Street in Boston during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Walker produced a catalogue advertising "Useful and Ornamental Goods SUITABLE FOR THE PARLOR, DINING ROOM, KITCHEN, AND LAUNDRY". An advertising cover for the company declared itself "Importers, Jobbers& Retailers of Every Variety of CHOICE HOME FURNISHING GOODS". An exceptionally colorful example. The unusual stamp on the underside offers insight into how American redware was marketed outside of the potteries in which it was made, as well as information about this specific piece's history before it saw domestic use. Some flakes to surface. Flake to base of handle. Two very minor base chips. H 7 1/4".

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