Fine Anna Pottery 1882 Pig Bottle

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 360

Price Realized: $11,500.00

($10,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Fine and Scarce Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised and Cobalt-Highlighted Map, Signed and Dated "By Anna Pottery / 1882", Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, 1882, molded in the form of a reclining pig with incised details to face and hooves, hole at rear, and anatomically-correct underside. Surface covered in a light clay slip, with incised and cobalt-highlighted decoration, and overlying salt glaze. One side incised with the inscription "St. Louis the future Great / Railroad and River Guide / By Anna Pottery / with a little good Old Bourbon in a hogs- / 1882". Remainder of pig incised with an elaborate map of the Midwest, including the following landmarks: Dubuke, Miss River, Grand tower, Murphysboro, Jonesboro, Chester, O. & M. R.R., Alton, Springfield, G A & St L. R.R., Bloomington, Odin, Centralia, Tamaroa, Duquoin, Carbondale, Anna, C.B.i.C.R.R., C & V R.R., Vincens, Dunleith, Cairo, Mounds, Anna, Chicago the Corn Crib, and Cincinnati the Pork City. The pig's ears and tail include highly unusual incised and cobalt-highlighted striping, a trait we have not seen on any other Anna flask we have offered. This example features many of the characteristics one seeks in the best Anna pig flasks, including a signature, date, elaborate map, fine penmanship, and uniform clay color and glaze. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. L 6 3/4".

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