Extremely Rare Decorated Stoneware Preserve Jar with Dung Beetle Lid, Anna Pottery, circa 1880

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 360

Price Realized: DNMR

March 2, 2013 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Stoneware Preserve Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration and Domed Lid with Dung Beetle Finial, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, fourth quarter 19th century, miniature, tapered jar with tooled shoulder, decorated with a distinctive Kirkpatrick-style floral motif in brushed cobalt, the rim additionally accented with a wavy cobalt line extending around the jar's circumference. Original domed lid with salt-glazed surface, the finial in the form of two dung beetles with incised features and Albany-slip-glazed bodies, in the process of rolling a ball of dung. Exceptional size and whimsical form. A wonderful example of the Kirkpatrick brothers' talent and imagination. This jar is the first of this size and style we have seen. Jar in excellent condition. Chips to edge of lid. Finial broken off in one piece and reglued tightly, with a small chip to front of one beetle. H (including lid) 4 3/4".

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