Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery

October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 130

Price Realized: $1,955.00

($1,700 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Early Period Anna Pottery Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig Flask, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1865, molded in the form of a reclining pig with hole at rear, incised details to face and hooves, and anatomically-correct underside, incised across one side "With a little good Old Rye / in a hogs--" and across the opposite side with a railroad map featuring mounds, ICRR, and Chicago. Top of pig features the incised script presentation inscription, "To my friend". Underside reads "Best Lard Oil Drill". Cobalt highlights to eyes and penis. The large-sized mold used to produced this flask is possibly the same as that used to create the iconic example in the collection of Williamsburg, which features an incised design of the pottery itself. Both the flask to be auctioned and the Williamsburg example were created during the Kirkpatricks' early years of pig flask production, in which the railroad maps were much more simplistic, sharing a similar style of map featuring the "ICRR" extending across the side. Relatively few Anna Pottery pig flasks from this period have survived. Damage to one ear. A chip to snout. Shallow chipping to spout. A nick to tip of tail, probably in-the-firing. A few minor in-the-firing nicks to underside. L 8 1/4".

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