Very Rare Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask w/ Inscribed Drinking Poem Dated 1880

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 361

Price Realized: $5,175.00

($4,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Stoneware Pig Flask with Drinking Poem, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, Dated 1880, 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 chocolate-brown Albany slip glaze. Incised on one side with the poem and date "You drink your whiskey / And I'll drink my wine / You tend to your business / And I'll tend to mine / 1880". This example features three incised landmarks, all Arkansas towns: Washington (at the pig's mouth), Little Rock (on the testicles), and Hot Springs (emanating from the penis). While this flask was made at the Kirkpatricks' Anna Pottery, featuring penmanship that matches a signed "Anna Pottery" example sold in our March 2016, the use of Arkansas landmarks offers insight into the influences on the Texarkana Pottery man, Jacob Bachley. Bachley produced a number of pig flasks in the Anna style with Arkansas landmarks, including the humorous inscription, "Hot Springs", as depicted on the underside of this pig. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. L 6 1/2".

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