Extremely Rare A. Bixler (Absalom Bixler, Lancaster County, PA) Redware Miniature Jar

July 22, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 16

Price Realized: $826.00

($700 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare and Important Miniature Redware Jar, Stamped "A Bixler.", Absalom Bixler, Lancaster County, PA, circa 1825, ovoid jar with rounded foot and flared rim, covered in a reddish-brown lead-and-manganese glaze. Underside impressed with "A Bixler." maker's mark in a calligraphic font. Bixler, a farmer-potter who produced some of the most highly-regarded Pennsylvania redware in existence, also ran a printing press out of his farm in Lancaster County. He clearly incorporated his typefaces into his pottery, as is seen in the large, block type found on most of his known work, as well as the unusual impressed font found on the bottom of this pot. Until the evaluation of this important pot, pieces bearing the name, Absalom Bixler, were only doubtfully attributable to his hand, sometimes considered presentation pieces made for him, rather than by him. The existence of this jar, the only piece we are aware of bearing Bixler's mark, establishes his career as a potter. Provenance: Dr. Raymond L. Owen Collection; Ex-Kelly Young Collection. Light wear to rim. 1/2" line on interior of rim, which is not visible on the exterior. H 1 3/4".

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