Exceptional Pennsylvania Redware Seated Dog w/ Basket Figure

March 19, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 395

Price Realized: $14,950.00

($13,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Figure of a Seated Dog with Basket, Incised "A", Pennsylvania origin, circa 1850-1875, hand-modeled figure of a seated dog with poodle cut and curled tail, holding a basket of apples in its mouth. Heavily-incised fur to body, haunches, and tip of tail. Delicately-incised details to face, collar, apple basket, and paws. Base decorated with impressed circle motifs around border, surrounding a central incised and impressed floral design. Figure rattles when shaken. Torso, haunches, and tip of tail decorated with manganese highlights. Chest and base decorated with highly unusual brushed cream-colored slip. Entire surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Underside with crudely incised "A", carved prior to firing. This recently-surfaced example is one of the finest hand-modeled redware dogs we have ever offered. Its larger size, unusual slip treatment, and remarkable condition, all contribute to its rarity. The fragile nature of these figures and their frequent use as children's toys has resulted in most having damage of some sort. The incised letter "A" on underside is possibly a form of signature, which may serve as a basis for future attribution of similar animal figures. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased in the Philadelphia area several decades ago by a relative of the consignor. In rarely-found, excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 5 3/4" ; L 5 1/2".

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