Fine Anna Pottery John Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 49

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

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Fine Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with St. Louis, MO Advertising, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1875, molded flask in the form of a reclining pig with hole at rear, anatomically-correct underside, and incised details to face and hooves. Surface covered in an Albany slip glaze and incised on one side with the advertising, "From / John Gaubatz / No. 115. Christy Ave. / St Louis / Mo." Remainder of pig incised with a railroad map of the Midwest, including the following landmarks: St. Louis the Bridge City, Miss River, grand tower, C & St L R.R., O & M R.R., iCR.R., Alton, Bloomington, Odin, Centralia, Carbondale, Jonesboro, C & V RR, Vincens, Cairo Ills, Cincinnati the Pork City, and Chicago the Corn City. Original black-and-white paint to eyes. This flask is possibly the first that we have ever offered bearing the slogan, "St. Louis the Bridge City," referring to Eads Bridge, the world's first steel-truss bridge, whose construction began in 1867 and ended in 1874. The bridge was named after its builder, the engineer, James Buchanan Eads (1820-1887), who had never constructed a bridge before, but had been contracted to build several ironclad gunships for the Union during the Civil War. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with a small amount of in-the-firing residue to one ear and some typical wear to paint on eyes. L 8".



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