Very Rare Salt-Glazed Anna Pottery Stoneware Frog Mug Inscribed "St. Louis Sinkhole Quail"

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 368

Price Realized: DNMR

March 2, 2013 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Salt-Glazed Anna Pottery Stoneware Frog Mug, Inscribed "St. Louis Sinkhole Quail / 1885," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1885, squat, cylindrical mug with strap handle and applied figure of a frog on interior, the shoulder featuring the incised and cobalt-highlighted inscription "St. Louis Sinkhole Quail / 188[5]?". Exterior surface covered in a salt glaze over a gray ground. Interior surface with light salt glaze over an Albany slip ground, creating a light yellowish-brown coloration to frog. Salt-glazed frog mugs by the Kirkpatricks are significantly rarer than their Albany-slip-glazed counterparts. This mug is the first salt-glazed example we have offered. As-made condition with an in-the-firing contact mark to last number in date, and a 5/8" in-the-firing contact mark to shoulder of side of mug. H 2 3/4" ; Diameter (across opening) 3 3/8".

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