Rare Cold-Painted Stoneware Frog Paperweight Signed "Anna Pottery / 1887"

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 531

Price Realized: $1,092.50

($950 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Cold-Painted Stoneware Frog Paperweight, Signed "Anna Pottery / 1887," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, molded figure of a frog with bulging eyes and incised details to face, eyes, and feet, the figure seated atop a circular base with heavily-incised ground. Nicely-detailed, cold-painted surface includes a black-spotted throat sack, the frog's body decorated with black circles and accents over a green ground. (This painted decoration is closely-related to that found on an 1879 Anna frog inkwell sold by Crocker Farm, Inc., in 2010.) Of interest is the fact that the paint is applied over a salt-glazed and cobalt-decorated ground, which is partially visible where the paint in worn on the face. Underside incised "Anna Pottery / 1887". The distinctive Anna frog form is typically found adorning clamshell-based inkwells and mugs. The two Anna frogs offered in this sale, both found together, are the only examples with this style of base we have seen, and likely served as paperweights. Provenance: Recently found in Delaware. Excellent condition with some paint wear. L 2 7/8" ; H 2 1/2".

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