Very Rare att. Henry Remmey, Philadelphia Incised Stoneware Bird Jar

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 219

Price Realized: $2,875.00

($2,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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July 19, 2014 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Bird-on-Stump Decoration, attributed Henry Harrison Remmey, Philadelphia, circa 1830, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder and semi-rounded rim, decorated with a finely-incised design of a ring-necked bird perched on a stump with large leaf. Heavily-incised feather detail throughout, typical of the Remmey family's best work. Shoulder decorated with a boldly-brushed vine bearing leaves and four blossoms. While several incised bird designs have been found on Remmey family pitchers and a few coolers, this example is the first we have seen decorating a jar form. The addition of a stump below the bird is also unusual. The vast majority of Remmey birds in existence are found perched on a flowering stem or branch. Form, color, and floral decoration, are all consistent with the work of Henry Harrison Remmey, shortly after arriving in Philadelphia from Baltimore. An important new discovery in Philadelphia or Remmey family stoneware. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, consigned from the Mid-Atlantic. Top-to-bottom hairline from rim. 7" surface line extending up from base, not visible on interior. A small base chip and other minor base wear. Some traces of old white paint to surface. H 9".

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