Rare and Fine Moravian Green-Glazed Redware Fish Flask, Salem, North Carolina

Spring 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 205

Price Realized: $28,800.00

($24,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare and Fine Small-Sized Redware Fish Bottle with Copper Glaze, Salem, NC origin, circa 1801-1829, molded bottle in the form of a fish with large eyes and heavily-detailed scales and fins, the animal's mouth forming the vessel's spout. Surface covered in a bright-green lead-and-copper glaze. This example, molded in the smallest size known for this form, survives in remarkable condition, retaining a brilliant luster to the surface. Literature: In her Ceramics in America 2009 article, "Tradition and Adaptation in Moravian Press-Molded Earthenware," Johanna Brown discusses a fish bottle produced in the same size as this lot. "[The] smallest fish bottles might have been marketed as presents and toys. The example illustrated at the far right in figure 27 belonged to Alethea Fluke, a Quaker who lived in Guilford County, North Carolina. When Alethea gave the bottle to her grandson in 1889, she included a note stating: 'My dear old companion we have been together 86 years I now bid thee a final farewell I give it to my grand son Trenmor Coffin in my 92nd year may it remain as long in his family as it has with me 8th mo 30th 1889 Alethea Coffin.' Assuming that her recollection was correct, Alethea's father purchased the bottle about 1803." Provenance: Ex-The Stradlings, New York, NY. Excellent condition with a small area of glaze loss to spout and other minor wear. L 4 1/2".

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