Rare Rockingham Hunt Scene Frog Pitcher attrib. John L. Rue, South Amboy, NJ

March 19, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 166

Price Realized: $1,725.00

($1,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Rockingham Presentation Pitcher with Frog, Embossed "W.H / JOHNSON / 1887", attributed to John L. Rue, South Amboy, NJ, 1887, with twig-form handle, the pitcher featuring relief decoration of horsemen and hounds taking down a stag, further decorated above with grapevines and below with leaves. Surface covered in a streaky reddish-brown Rockingham glaze with cobalt accents throughout. Applied white letters with cobalt highlights on the pitcher's front read "W.H JOHNSON / 1887". Top of rim decorated with a band of cobalt. Interior coated in a white glaze with blue-and-brown-glazed frog applied to interior base. The design for this pitcher was made by Charles Coxon at the Edwin Bennett Pottery of Baltimore, circa 1851-1858. This mold was later reproduced at the Swan Hill Pottery of New Jersey, circa 1858-1860, and by its successor, John L. Rue and Company of New Jersey, during the 1880s. For more information, see Arthur F. Goldberg, Highlights in the Development of the Rockingham and Yellow Ware Industry in the United States- A Brief Review with Representative Examples, Ceramics in America 2002. A particularly fine and colorful example of New Jersey presentation Rockinghamware. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor decades ago. Excellent overall condition with a 1 1/8" hairline to right of spout and minor losses to tips of frog's back feet, possibly in-the-making. H 8 5/8".

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