Extremely Rare Redware Pig Flask attrib. Henne Family, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Spring 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 18

Price Realized: $5,100.00

($4,250 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Pig Flask, attributed to Daniel or Joseph Henne, Bern Township, Berks County, PA, circa 1830-1860, wheel-thrown flask in the form of a reclining pig with applied ears, tail, and legs, the animal's snout forming the vessel's spout. Incised nostrils, mouth, and eyes. Profuse combed incising throughout forming the pig's hair. Surface decorated with streaks of manganese and covered in a clear lead glaze. Made circa 1830 to 1860, this work is among the earliest American pig flasks known, as well as one of a few surviving examples produced by the Henne family. The visual appeal of this form led a related example to be chosen as the centerfold in the iconic book, American Radiance, which highlighted American folk art from the collection of Ralph Esmerian donated to the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, NY. Literature: For a closely-related example, see Hollander, American Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum, fig. 114, p. 150. Restoration along front edges of ears. Restoration to end of tail. Areas of restoration to legs. Minor surface wear. L 8 1/2".




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