Exceedingly Rare Richard Remmey, Philadelphia, Stoneware Puzzle Mug

Spring 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 282

Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Exceedingly Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Puzzle Mug, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875, highly-ovoid form with footed base, tall collar with circular openings, strap handle with five applied spouts, and rim with seven applied spouts. Decorated on the front with a double-stemmed flowering plant motif extending to the left and right. Cobalt highlight to base of handle. Albany-slip-glazed interior. This outstanding work is one of only two American salt-glazed stoneware puzzle mugs that we are aware of. Potted in the English style, this mug includes an opening in the wall of the interior that connects to a hollowed handle. The applied spouts on the handle are not simply decorative, but actually connect to the channel inside of the handle. Using the mug without spilling requires the drinker to cover most or all of the handle's spouts while tipping the mug backwards. One of the handle spouts, or the neck spouts if the drinker's hand covers the handle completely, solves the puzzle of drinking from it without spilling. The exotic form, openwork collar, and profuse application of spouts, creates a work that is as sculptural as it is rare. Among the finest examples of Remmey family stoneware that we have offered in recent years, this delicate work has amazingly survived in immaculate condition. Excellent, essentially as-made condition with no chips, cracks, or other damage. H 6 7/8".



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