Important Remmey, Philadelphia 1874 Incised Birds Presentation Pitcher

March 25, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 158

Price Realized: $23,600.00

($20,000 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare and Fine Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Incised Bird Decoration, Inscribed "Jonah Knight / Novbr 18th 1874", attributed to Henry Harrison Remmey or Richard Clinton Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, 1874, small-sized pitcher with vase-like form, featuring a footed base, bulbous midsection, flared rim, and spurred handle, the front and side featuring an incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a bird on a flowering branch. Decorations include incised details to the leaves, flower blossoms, and birds. Collar with incised and cobalt-highlighted elliptical decoration, accented with incised dashes on the interior. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals and thumbrest. Incised on reverse with the cobalt-highlighted name and date, "Jonah Knight / Novbr 18th 1874", below an arch of incised vertical dashes. The finest Philadelphia stoneware pitcher we have ever offered, this work was most likely made by the New-York-trained potter, Henry Harrison Remmey, four years before his death in 1878, or possibly by his son, Richard Clinton Remmey. A remarkable piece in decoration and form, produced by one of America's dynastic potting families. Provenance: Robert Meltzer Collection; Garth's Auction, July 30, 2004. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 8".

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