Exceptional HENRY SWOPE'S POTTERY / 1851 Redware Inkstand (Lancaster, PA)

Summer 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 144

Price Realized: $10,800.00

($9,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Glazed Redware Inkstand with Applied Figural Decoration, Stamped "HENRY SWOPE,S / POTTERY / 1851," Lancaster PA origin, circa 1851, molded rectangular form with curved ends and footed base, the front and reverse decorated with a relief figure of a lion with hand-incised details, reclining below an archway. Inkstand is surmounted by a molded figure of a reclining dog with curled tail and includes its original, removeable well and sander. Surface decorated with streaked manganese and covered in a heavy lead glaze. Underside impressed with the maker's mark, "HENRY SWOPE,S / POTTERY / 1851," flanked by foliate devices. Featuring a stately form, rich glaze, and two different animal motifs, this work epitomizes the high-styled molded wares produced by Lancaster's Swope and Gast families during the 19th century. The finest example of Lancaster redware that we have ever offered. Provenance: Purchased from the Stradlings, New York, NY, October 13, 1981; Pennypacker Auction, Feeman Collection, October 12-14, 1981, lot 200. Excellent condition. The survival of both the well and sander are noteworthy as these pieces are often missing. Well with minor rim chips. Sander with minor rim wear. Both well and sander with in-the-firing stacker scars to underside as well as some expected wear to underside of each where they would contact the top of the inkstand. Inkstand with expected minor wear to edges of circular openings for placing the well and sander, two tiny glaze nicks to one side, and an in-the-firing tripod mark to underside. L 6 3/4" ; W 3 1/2" ; H 5".

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