Exceptional Redware Pocket Flask with Three-Color Slip-Decorated Floral Designs

November 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 175

Price Realized: $23,000.00

($20,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Redware Flask with Profuse Floral Decoration in Three-Color Slip, Pennsylvania or possibly Ohio, first or early second quarter 19th century, with footed base, tooled shoulder, and flattened sides, lavishly-decorated on all four sides with a flowering plant design in three colors of applied slip. Decoration features a large pyramidal blossom composed of scalloped strokes of cream-colored slip, extending from a stem with green and cream-colored leaves. Manganese slip sprigs decorate the interior of each petal. Additional manganese spots lining the base of the blossom on three sides. Surface covered in a clear lead glaze over a colorful green clay ground, accented with orange spots. Excellent form and outstanding decoration. One of the finest wheel-thrown redware flasks to come to market in the past several years. Literature: A similarly-decorated pitcher, attributed to New Philadelphia, Ohio, is pictured in Diana and J. Garrison Stradling, The Art of the Potter, p. 140. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from an eighty-year private collection. Purchased in 1947 for $5. Some wear to slip. Shallow chip on underside at edge of foot. Tiny nick to opposite side of foot. Typical glaze wear to top of spout. H 4 3/4".

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