Very Rare "John Kunsman / 1885" (Flemington, NJ) Redware Match Safe w/ Raccoon Scene

July 22, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 440

Price Realized: $1,298.00

($1,100 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Multi-Glazed Redware Match Safe with Raccoon, Incised "John Kunsman Maker / made / June 1st / 1885", Flemington, NJ origin, 1885, molded match safe in the form featuring two hollow tree trunks and a branch with figure of a raccoon, the surface covered in a heavy copper and manganese decoration over a yellow clay ground. Underside with large incised John Kunsman signature and date. Two unglazed cartouches on side of match safe feature stippled incising, inscribed "(?) Pottery" and "J.K. JR.". John Kunsman, the master potter of the Fulper pottery in Flemington, NJ, was instrumental in the company's shift to an art pottery line in the early 20th century. Excellent form with exceptional glaze. Excellent condition with a chip to rim of larger tree stump and minor base chips. H 4 1/4" ; L 7 3/8" ; W 6 7/8".

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