Rare Redware Lead and Manganese-Glazed Face Bank, probably PA

November 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 58

Price Realized: DNMR

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Extremely Rare Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Face Bank, probably Pennsylvania origin, 19th century, wheel-thrown bank on tall pedestal base with hand-modeled and applied facial features, including bulging eyes, large ears, and carved teeth, and protruding chin. Open mouth serves as a coin slot. Additional original carved slot on reverse. Recessed finial with crimped corners. Surface covered in an attractive lead-and-manganese glaze with bright orange flecked with iron decorating the face. An outstanding and highly unusual folk art form. Provenance: Found approximately twenty years ago in the Philadelphia area. Large chip to base of one ear, primarily visible on reverse. Two other small chips to same ear. Minor chip to reverse of opposite ear. Old laquer to reverse, not related to any sort of restoration. H 7".

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