Very Rare Philadelphia Stoneware Bank Inscribed "Mary Warren / 1866"

March 25, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 160

Price Realized: $3,422.00

($2,900 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare Presentation Stoneware Bank with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Inscribed "Mary Warren / 1866", attributed to Henry H. Remmey or Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, 1866, ovoid bank with footed base, tooled shoulder, tall finial, and carved vertical slot, decorated around its circumference with a brushed flowering vine featuring three-petaled blossoms. Heavy cobalt highlight to finial. Incised with the name, "Mary Warren", flanking the slot, above the incised date "1866". Possibly a birth bank, this example was made just one year after the management of the Remmeys' potting operation changed hands from Henry H. Remmey to his son, Richard C. Remmey. The date on this bank is relatively early in the Philadelphia Remmeys' production period of cobalt-decorated banks, as most examples were made from the 1870s through 1890s. Provenance: Ex-Sothebys. As-made condition with a glazed-over 1 3/4" flake to underside at edge, two large salt drips to surface, and a minor in-the-firing surface nick to shoulder. H 6".

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