Exceptional Large-Sized Pennsylvania Redware Hand-Modeled Goat Figure

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 201

Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Large-Sized Redware Figure of a Goat, PA origin, circa 1850-1880, hand-modeled figure of a goat with incised collar, applied bell, and incised details to head, chest, and hooves, seated on an oblong base embellished with impressed circles. Head of goat features rare, dipped cream-colored slip treatment. Entire surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Pieces of clay added to the interior of the goat prior to firing allow it to rattle when shaken. Among the rarest and most striking forms in the genre of Pennsylvania redware animal figures, this example is modeled in an appealing large size. The redware seated goat form gained notoriety when a highly important example signed by Winchester, VA master potter, Anthony Bacher, crossed the block at Sotheby's sale of "Important Americana: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle" on May 26 and 27, 1995. The Pennsylvania example to be sold in this auction is one of the more noteworthy recent offerings in American ceramic folk sculpture. Very few examples have been documented. Professional restoration to horns, ears, goatee, bell, and tail. Additional restoration to section of front of base, not affecting feet of animal. Some restoration paint visible to head. A small, unrestored flake to neck on reverse. H 6 1/2" ; L 5 1/8".



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