Rare Stoneware Spouting Fish Pitcher att. Anna Pottery or Texarkana Pottery

July 21, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 78

Price Realized: $1,888.00

($1,600 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Fish Pitcher with Three-Color Slip Decoration, probably Anna Pottery or Texarkana Pottery, fourth quarter 19th century, molded in the shape of a fish on circular water-form base, its open mouth forming the pitcher's spout and curved tail forming the handle. Excellent detail to scaling, head, and fins. Surface of fish decorated with purplish manganese slip, its fins decorated with light-brown Albany slip, and base decorated with cobalt. A highly-unusual figural form in stoneware, likely copied from a majolica piece of the period. Two other molded animal pitchers, a frog and an owl, were copied from majolica forms and produced by Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick of Anna, IL. This example, which also shares the multi-colored slip decoration of the Kirkpatricks' owl and frog pitchers, was likely made at their Anna Pottery, or at the Texarkana Pottery of Jacob Bachley, a previous Anna employee. A 1 1/4" base flake. Small chip to spout. H 12 3/4".

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