Very Rare Anna Pottery Rockingham-Glazed Pig Flask w/ St. Louis, MO Advertising and Detailed Railroad Map

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 343

Price Realized: $2,760.00

($2,400 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Fine and Very Rare Rockinghamware Anna Pottery Pig Flask with Incised Railroad Map and St. Louis, MO Advertising, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1885, molded flask in the form of a pig with hole at rear, incised hooves and facial features, and anatomically-correct underside. Incised on one side "from / Sanford Wells & Co. / N 215 N. Main St. / St. Louis Mo. / With a little Fine old Bourbon in a". Remainder of pig incised with a railroad map of the Midwest, including the following: Centralia, Vandalia, ICRR, Odin, Anna P[ottery], Mounds, Effingham, and others. Genitals incised with the humorous inscription "Ohio River". This pig survives as one of a relatively small number of Anna Pottery pigs with Rockingham glaze known. It is possibly the finest glazed example of the three we have offered, featuring a striking, boldly-spotted surface. The incising on this example, though faint in some places, is particular crisp for an Anna Rockinghamware pig. Due to the nature of Rockingham glazes, most Anna pigs with this surface tend to have less legible inscriptions. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Losses to both ears. Otherwise excellent condition. L 7".

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