Very Rare Miniature Redware Pitcher & Bowl w/ Cain Family (Sullivan County, TN) Provenance

March 1, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 140

Price Realized: $977.50

($850 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Miniature Great Road Redware Pitcher and Bowl, attributed to the Cain Pottery, Sullivan County, TN, second half 19th century, ovoid pitcher with rounded handle, pinched spout, and flattened rim, the surface covered in a lead-based glaze over a mottled orange and brown ground. Paired with a tapered bowl with lead-glazed interior, decorated with blackish manganese drips. A fine coupling of miniature tableware, which apparently saw use in the Cain family of Great Road potters. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market, found in Blountville, TN. Purchased in the 1950s from a descendant of the Cain family. Family history indicates that these two pieces were used together as toys by a girl in the Cain family. Pitcher with filled spout chip. Bowl in excellent, essentially as-made condition with a 1 5/8" thin, shallow contact mark to rim. H (of pitcher) 3" ; Diameter (of bowl) 4 7/8" ; H (of bowl) 2 1/8".

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