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

March 19, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 363

Price Realized: $6,325.00

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

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Rare and Fine Moravian Polychrome-Glazed Redware Squirrel Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1804-1829, molded in the form of a standing squirrel feeding on a nut atop an oval base, the bottle dipped in a cream-colored slip, decorated with heavy daubs of copper and manganese, and covered in a clear lead glaze. The squirrel's sophisticated and colorful glaze scheme is modeled after the popular tortoiseshell creamware of English potter, Thomas Whieldon. An iconic Southern figural form. Flake to underside of front paws. Some restored flakes to back and tail of squirrel on one side. Restored flakes to end of tail, including restoration to surface at juncture of the tail to the squirrel's head. Light wear to one ear. Base chips. A 1 1/4" in-the-firing horizontal separation line where squirrel meets base. H 7 3/4".

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