Moravian Redware Squirrel Bottle, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, early 19th century

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 53

Price Realized: $6,325.00

($5,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Moravian Redware Squirrel Bottle with Streaky Lead-and-Manganese Glaze, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1804-1829, molded bottle in the form of a standing squirrel in feeding stance with heavily-incised tail detail and coggled circle designs running the length of the tail on both sides. Incised detail to front paws and feet. Surface covered in a streaked and mottled lead-and-manganese glaze over an orange clay ground. An iconic form in Southern ceramic art, this squirrel bottle is, to our knowledge, the first example featuring this glaze to be offered at auction in at least a decade. Many are found with moderate to significant base damage. This bottle survives in strong condition with an essentially undamaged base. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in the Northeastern U.S. Very nice condition with typical chips to ears and wear to spout. Bottom edge of base with two shallow in-the-firing chips or contact marks. H 7 3/8".

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