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Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Double-Handled Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 31, 1852), Edgefield District, SC

Exceptional Dave Form. Extremely Rare and Important Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze, Incised "Lm / August 31. 1852 / Dave," David Drake at Lewis Miles's Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, 1852. Featuring an expressive two-handled form, high-gloss green glaze, and large signature, this work is among the finest Dave stoneware pieces to come to auction in the past decade. The reverse includes Dave's classic horseshoe-and-slash marking along with four punctates, indicating four gallons. The glaze includes heavy drips to the shoulder, suggesting this piece was doubly-dipped or that additional glaze was poured over the top of the jug after it was coated. This vessel exudes character, featuring a highly-bulbous shape with an outstanding 42" circumference around the midsection. The double-handled jug form is among the rarest and most desirable Edgefield stoneware forms produced with any regularity. An example of a double-handled jug from any of the Edgefield potteries is a noteworthy object in any collection. Dave's surviving oeuvre indicates he rarely produced this form. At the time of publication of the Ceramics in American 2006 article by Arthur Goldberg and James Witkowski, "Beneath His Magic Touch: The Dated Vessels of the African-American Slave Potter Dave," 169 dated Dave vessels were documented. Only ten of these were double-handled jugs. Additionally, this is a form that is typically found with moderate to significant damage to the spout and/or handle(s). The fact that this work survives with its original spout and both handles intact is noteworthy. Our Summer 2020 auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire an example of signed Dave stoneware in an elusive and highly-sculptural form, surviving in exemplary condition. Literature: Illustrated in Goldberg and Witkowski, "Beneath His Magic Touch: The Dated Vessels of the African-American Enslaved Potter Dave," Ceramics in America 2006, fig. 31. H 16".

Important Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SCImportant Stoneware Jug by Dave (August 17, 1852), Edgefield District, SC

Condition, Form, and Glaze. Important and Very Rare Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Signed "Lm / Aug 17. 1852 / Dave," David Drake at Lewis Mile's Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, 1852. This jug features a wonderful, highly-ovoid form and Dave's classic spout treatment and thin strap handle. Its glaze is an attractive, opaque gray-green, streaked over a dark reddish-brown ground. Dave's signature and date are large, with significant coverage over the vessel's front. Three punctates and Dave's distinctive horseshoe-with-slash are incised on the shoulder and several of the famous potter's fingerprints are visible at the base, created when the vessel was glazed. Dave stoneware jugs are significantly rarer than his jar forms, and, when found, typically have damage to the spout and/or handle, often significant. With only a spout chip to speak of, the exceptional condition of this jug set it apart from other Dave examples. This detail, coupled with the jug's large signature and fine glaze, rank it among the best examples of the form by Dave to come to auction in years. Remarkably, it was made exactly two weeks before the Dave double-handled jug in this auction. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, purchased by the consignor from a Georgia picker in the 1990s, having descended in a family from the Sandfly area of Georgia. Our Summer auction will mark the first time this jug has been offered publicly in 168 years. H 15 1/4".

Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug Depicting an African-American Man, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio, circa 1830-60

Figural Masterwork. Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Face Harvest Jug, Northeastern U.S. or Ohio origin, circa 1830-1860. Featuring a solemn expression with life-like features and lavish clay "coleslaw" clay hair and sideburns, this face jug is among the most engaging renderings of an African-American known in utilitarian American ceramics. Possibly made to commemorate a famous figure of the 19th century, this jug may be akin to the Medford, Massachusetts, Toussaint L’Ouverture portrait pitcher, with similar moral implications--as it runs entirely counter to the caricaturized themes often seen in African-American-themed folk art of the 19th century. The jug's dramatic stepped base, ovoid form, and elongated pouring spout, indicate a master of both modeling and potting. A noticeable smell from the interior indicates it was used to hold molasses. Among the earliest representations of an African-American in American-made ceramics. H 11 1/2".

Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, circa 1862

Folk Art Icon. Exceedingly Rare and Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Temperance Jug, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1862. Coupling hand-modeled snakes, frogs, and human figures with allegorical, molded figural motifs, this temperance jug teems with vitality and emotion. Its high-relief figural motifs set against a dramatically-incised surface create a highly-tactile and complex work. The Kirkpatrick's preoccupation with detail are evidenced in this tedious cross-hatching, the incised accents added to the molded decoration, the heavily-impressed scales of the snakes, and the lifelike sculpting of the tortured figures' face, down to their teeth. The style of the snakes and frogs relate this jug to two signed Anna Pottery temperance jugs: the famous "Camp DuBois /1862" temperance jug depicting a Civil War saloon brawl as well as a second temperance jug with Civil War soldier and molded designs, sold as lot 19 in Crocker Farm's March 1, 2014 auction. Four different sprig-molded and applied designs adorn the jug: Daniel-in-the-Lion's-Den, Diana the huntress with stag, a siren with lyre, and a Toby-like figure smoking a pipe. Some of these designs likely reference the lure or effect of alcohol consumption. The Daniel-in-the-Lion's-Den motif is among the most iconic in American utilitarian pottery, originally designed by mold maker, Charles Coxon, for the Bennett brothers in Baltimore, MD and copied by John and Solomon Bell of the Shenandoah Valley region. The detail of the motif on this jug suggests one of the original Coxon molds was used. Included with this outstanding work is the vessel's original stopper, lost on most surviving examples, which is sculpted into the form of a man's face with goatee.

The temperance jugs of Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick are regarded among the most iconic and visually-striking works in all of American-made ceramics. The idea that such creations were part-utilitarian and made by stoneware potters without academic training is truly remarkable. As with face jugs by various Southern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern potters and the works of the enslaved potter Dave, the Kirkpatricks' temperance jugs truly transcend the medium. The discovery of a previously-undocumented example of this form is noteworthy as most have either been photographed in publications or catalogued in museum collections. Our Summer 2020 auction offers the rare opportunity to acquire a Kirkpatrick temperance jug that has, until now, been unknown to the greater community of Anna Pottery collectors and scholars. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which surfaced in California in the early 1980s and acquired by the consignor at that time. H (excluding stopper) 12".

Monumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NYMonumental 34-Inch Stoneware Urn attrib. New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NY

New York State Masterwork. Monumental Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Urn with Chicken Pecking Corn, Bird, and Foliate Motifs, attributed to New York Stoneware Co., Fort Edward, NY, circa 1875. Featuring a dramatic, flare-rimmed form with ring handles and narrow pedestal base, this urn features chicken pecking corn, bird, and foliate motifs distinctive to Fort Edward's New York Stoneware Company. Standing thirty-four inches tall, it ranks among the tallest examples of American stoneware that we have ever offered. The urn itself was thrown in two sections and joined. Its profusely-decorated base was thrown and fired separately. This extremely rare and visually-stunning survivor, a masterwork of form and decoration, is among the greatest examples of extant stoneware intended for outdoor use. H 34".

Extremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO ShopExtremely Important Solomon Bell Presentation Stoneware Jar, Made for Tillie Bell at JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Shop

Brothers in Clay. Exceedingly Rare and Important Six-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration and 1874 Dates, Incised on Underside, "January th / 1 1874 / Made by Solomon Bell / for Tillie Bell / Waynesboro / Pa," Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'," 1874. Few examples of American stoneware tell a story as this jar does. It was made by Solomon Bell on New Year's Day, 1874 while visiting his brother, John, in Waynesboro. He inscribed the piece as a gift for his niece, Tillie Bell, the youngest daughter of John and Mary Elizabeth Bell to survive into adulthood. Matilda Catharine Bell lived her whole life in the family home on the southwest corner of West Main Street, near her father's shop. Like her father, she taught Sunday school at the local Lutheran church. A comparison of Solomon Bell's signature on his few surviving hand-signed works with that on this jar indicates this piece is inscribed in his hand. Bearing the signature of Solomon Bell and stamp of John Bell, this jar stands as an important collaboration between the Shenandoah Valley region's two most famous potters. Potted in an ovoid form with heavy, squared rim, the jar stylistically relates to those produced by Solomon during his formative years in Winchester and first two decades in Strasburg. The decoration, contrasting with the slip-coated clay, is among the most vivid that we have seen on a piece of John Bell stoneware. It depicts a desirable variant of the pottery's classic spotted tulip motif, in which the tulip’s petals are long and splayed, flanking a central stamen with anthers. The addition of an undulating vine above is unusual. In 1840, as a twenty-three year old, Solomon spent time working with John in Waynesboro, a period when a number of plaster pottery molds were made. Some were brought back with Solomon to the pottery of his father, Peter Bell, in Winchester, where he was employed at the time and mastering his craft. One surviving mold bears the inscription, "Solomon Bell / Waynesboro." This jar, made at his brother's now-thriving shop thirty-four years later, is a testament to the Bell family's life-long dedication to the potter's craft. Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Kille, "Bell Family Presentation Jar," Ceramics in America 2005. H (including lid) 17".

Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial, Exceedingly Rare Remmey Stoneware Presentation Bank with Bird Finial,

Exceedingly Rare Stoneware Presentation Bank with Game Bird Finial, Inscribed "Walter / 1892," attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, 1892. This bank is one of only two examples that we have seen featuring this specific, molded game bird finial, possibly representing a pheasant. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a forty-year private collection. H 8".

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Best of Form. Exceptional Slip-Decorated Redware Log Cabin Bank with Impressed Inscriptions, Signed in Script "Thomas Haig, Jr. / May 11th, 1852," Thomas Haig, Jr., Philadelphia, PA, 1852. This log cabin bank, among the most iconic Philadelphia pottery forms, features a kaolin raccoon, impressed "OLD COON," atop the roof, manganese and yellow-slip decoration throughout, and the impressed signature, "HAIG / PHILADELPHIA" across the base. The potter's impressed initials, "TH," appear twice on the front and back porches of the cabin. Remnants of an incised 1852 date can be seen on the surface of the base as well. The underside includes a large and ornately-incised date and signature of the potter himself. Thomas Haig, Jr. produced log cabin banks as political pieces in support of the Whig Party in three clay mediums: stoneware, redware, and flint enamel. The redware examples are perhaps his rarest and most desirable. This bank is arguably the finest of all cabin banks created by Haig, as it is the only example that we have seen featuring impressed words. The slogan "Old Coon" was a nickname for Winfield Scott, who ran as the Whig Party candidate against Democrat, Franklin Pierce, in the Presidential Election of 1852. Provenance: Ex-The Stradlings; Sotheby's: Sinking Springs Farms: The Appell Family Collection, January 18, 2003, lot 1211; purchased from Joe Kindig, Jr., York, PA for $35. L 4 7/8" ; W 3 1/2" ; H 4 1/2".

Outstanding T.W. CRAVEN (North Carolina) Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Outstanding T.W. CRAVEN (North Carolina) Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Outstanding T.W. CRAVEN (North Carolina) Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Outstanding T.W. CRAVEN (North Carolina) Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Outstanding T.W. CRAVEN (North Carolina) Stoneware Jar with Cobalt

Craven Masterwork. Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt "1854" Date and Impressed Federal Eagle Decoration, Stamped "T.W. CRAVEN," Thomas Wesley Craven (1829-1858), Randolph or Moore County, NC, 1854. This recently-surfaced jar is significant in its maker and decoration. Living to only twenty-nine years old, relatively few signed examples of Thomas W. Craven's work have survived. Furthermore, early North Carolina salt-glazed stoneware was rarely-produced with cobalt decoration. This example's brushwork is particularly elaborate, featuring the large date, "1854," below a wavy stripe and sporadic application of cobalt spots on the front, as well as additional cobalt brushwork on the reverse shoulder, handles, and areas under the handles. The "T W CRAVEN" maker's mark, below an impressed square and compass, is interestingly underscored by cobalt blocks applied with some sort of stamp or stencil. This side of the jar is further decorated with an impressed and cobalt-highlighted design of a Federal eagle, a motif rarely found on Southern-made stoneware. The bird's typical olive branches and arrows are replaced with coggled dentile designs, related to those seen on various Craven family pieces. The jar's large size and elaborate use of brushed-cobalt and stamped decorations indicate it was likely made for display, as a gift, or to commemorate a specific event. It ranks among the very best examples by this potter's work known. Literature: For more information on T.W. Craven, see Scarborough, The Craven Family of Southern Folk Pottery, pp. 45-46. For three pieces of related cobalt-decorated stoneware by Craven and his brothers, see Scarborough, p. 71. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which recently surfaced in North Carolina. H 15".

Rare Copper-Glazed Redware Fish Bottle, Salem, NC origin, circa 1801-1829Rare Copper-Glazed Redware Fish Bottle, Salem, NC origin, circa 1801-1829Rare Copper-Glazed Redware Fish Bottle, Salem, NC origin, circa 1801-1829

Form, Glaze, and Size. Rare Copper-Glazed Redware Fish Bottle, Salem, NC origin, circa 1801-1829. In her Ceramics in America 2009 article, "Tradition and Adaptation in Moravian Press-Molded Earthenware," Johanna Brown states that fish bottles were produced in Salem in four sizes. This bottle is molded in the second smallest size. L 5".

Outstanding C. BRAUN / BUFFALO, NY Stoneware Crock w/ Horse and Jockey Decoration

Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Horse and Jockey Decoration, Stamped "C.W. BRAUN / BUFFALO. N.Y.," circa 1870. Featuring a folk art design of a jockey with cap and mustache riding a horse, this crock is among the finest examples of Braun stoneware known.

Outstanding Wm. MacQuoid / New York City Five-Gallon Crock w/ Elaborate Woman Feeding Chickens Scene

Manhattan Masterwork. Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Elaborate Cobalt Woman Feeding Chickens Scene, Stamped "WM A MACQUOID & CO. / POTTERY WORKS / LITTLE 12TH ST / NEW YORK," circa 1870. Depicting a hatted woman pulling crumbs or seed from her apron to feed a flock of hungry chickens, this restored crock features one of the greatest decorations known on a piece of William Macquoid stoneware. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a forty-year private collection. H 11 3/4".

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Slip-Trailed Masterwork. Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Beer Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Mid-Atlantic or Ohio River Valley origin, circa 1830. This cooler’s extravagant slip work indicates it was decorated by a Baltimore-trained potter working in the Mid-Atlantic area or after moving out west, as several Baltimore and DC area potters did. Coupled with its classic “rib cage” style slip-trailing (so reminiscent of Baltimore and even Alexandria stoneware traditions) is a refined, doubled-handled form to the vessel. Each side features the inscription, “BEER,” in block capital letters and fine cursive, indicating the cooler’s use. Interestingly, a faint shadow of the slip-trailed word, “POP,” can be seen on the cooler’s front. This slip inscription was removed prior to firing, indicating the potter changed the cooler’s purpose from a dry beverage dispenser to an alcoholic beverage dispenser mid-production. H 16”.

Rare and Fine M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug w/ Profuse DecorationRare and Fine M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug w/ Profuse DecorationRare and Fine M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug w/ Profuse DecorationRare and Fine M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug w/ Profuse Decoration

Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA," circa 1870. Provenance: Acquired years ago by a New Jersey consignor.

Important Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig FlaskImportant Anna Pottery Stoneware Horace Greeley Political Pig Flask

Figural-Decorated Pig. Exceptional Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with Incised Figural Decoration, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, 1872. This imaginatively-decorated pig features an incised political cartoon depicting the bust of Horace Greeley (1811-1872). Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune and the Liberal Republican candidate against incumbent Ulysses S. Grant in the Presidential Election of 1872. The cartoon presents a curious Greeley facing a trap in the form of the politician's signature hat, inscribed "Who Ever Says This is a trap is a liar.," with the word, "Presidency," forming the bait below. Greeley's outstretched hand is cleverly formed from the bent front leg of the pig. According to the Jonesboro Gazette, on August 31, 1872, this exact flask was presented by Anna's newly-elected mayor, Cornwall Kirkpatrick, to the town's recently-founded Horace Greeley Club, which supported Kirkpatrick's candidacy. Among the finest and most historically significant Anna pig flasks known. Included with this lot is a period photograph and signature of Horace Greeley. Literature: Illustrated and discussed on pp. 22-24 of Mohr, Pottery, Politics, Art: George Ohr and the Brothers Kirkpatrick. L 8 1/4".

Very Rare E.L. FARRAR / IBERVILLE, P.Q. Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Figural DecorationVery Rare E.L. FARRAR / IBERVILLE, P.Q. Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Figural DecorationVery Rare E.L. FARRAR / IBERVILLE, P.Q. Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Figural DecorationVery Rare E.L. FARRAR / IBERVILLE, P.Q. Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Figural DecorationVery Rare E.L. FARRAR / IBERVILLE, P.Q. Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Figural Decoration

Farrar Figural. Exceedingly Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Decoration of a Man, Stamped "E L FARRAR / IBERVILLE / P Q," Canadian origin, circa 1860. Incised decorations are extremely rare in Canadian stoneware and relatively few pieces manufactured in this country can be found with figural designs of this quality. H 19".

Exceptional JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Elaborate Slip-Trailed Decoration

Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER," NY State origin, circa 1860. One of a small number of Rochester stoneware coolers known. H 15".

Fine J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT. Stoneware Deer Jug

Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Reclining Deer Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855.

Outstanding J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Churn w/ Cobalt Double-Pheasant Decoration

Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Double-Pheasant Decoration, Stamped "J. &. E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855. H 17 1/4".

Very Rare 2 Gal. Stoneware Rabbit Jar, attrib. Albany, New York

Very Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Leaping Rabbit Decoration, Albany, NY origin, probably R. O'Connell Pottery, circa 1860.

Outstanding WM. E. WARNER / WEST TROY Stoneware Jar w/ Bold Slip-Trailed Eagle Decoration

Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stamped "WM. E. WARNER. / WEST-TROY," NY State origin, circa 1855.

Outstanding J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Six-Gallon Water Cooler w/ Profuse Flowering Urn / Compote

Form, Maker, and Decoration. Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Flowering Urn Motif, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT.," circa 1855. H 20".

Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug w/ People Decoration, Morgantown, WV originVery Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug w/ People Decoration, Morgantown, WV origin

Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt People Decoration, attributed to the Thompson Pottery, Morgantown, WV origin, circa 1860. H 11 1/4".

Exceedingly Rare and Important 18th Century New England Redware Bottle, probably Charlestown, MAExceedingly Rare and Important 18th Century New England Redware Bottle, probably Charlestown, MAExceedingly Rare and Important 18th Century New England Redware Bottle, probably Charlestown, MAExceedingly Rare and Important 18th Century New England Redware Bottle, probably Charlestown, MAExceedingly Rare and Important 18th Century New England Redware Bottle, probably Charlestown, MA

Colonial Redware Discovery. Exceedingly Rare and Important Slip-Decorated Redware Bottle, New England origin, probably Charlestown, MA, 18th century. This bottle is closely-related to the few surviving examples of slip-decorated redware produced during the 18th century in Charlestown, MA, as well as sherds excavated from the city's Great House / Three Cranes Tavern site. Its elaborate slip decoration, applied over a distinctive spotted ground, includes a band of circular slip daubs applied with the potter's fingertip. Noteworthy in its age, origin, and dramatic use of slip decoration, this work is also significant in its stylish and extremely rare form, modeled after imported glass onion bottles of the period. Provenance: Recently discovered in Vermont. H 12".

Exceptional John L. Rue & Co., South Amboy, NJ Multi-Colored Rockingham Glazed Frog PitcherExceptional John L. Rue & Co., South Amboy, NJ Multi-Colored Rockingham Glazed Frog PitcherExceptional John L. Rue & Co., South Amboy, NJ Multi-Colored Rockingham Glazed Frog PitcherExceptional John L. Rue & Co., South Amboy, NJ Multi-Colored Rockingham Glazed Frog Pitcher

Exceptional Rockingham Presentation Hunt Scene Pitcher with Frog on Interior, Inscribed "MOSES H HUNTER," attributed to John L. Rue & Co., South Amboy, NJ, circa 1860-1871. Featuring a rare blue, green, and brown glaze scheme, this example is the finest South Amboy presentation pitcher that we have ever offered. H 9 1/4".

Exceptional LYMAN FENTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT Standing Lion on BaseExceptional LYMAN FENTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT Standing Lion on BaseExceptional LYMAN FENTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT Standing Lion on BaseExceptional LYMAN FENTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT Standing Lion on BaseExceptional LYMAN FENTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT Standing Lion on BaseExceptional LYMAN FENTON & CO. / BENNINGTON, VT Standing Lion on Base

Fine Flint Enamel Figure of a Lion on Base, Stamped "Lyman Fenton & Co. / Fenton's / ENAMEL, / PATENTED / 1849. / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1849-1852. This colorful example, featuring olive-and-orange decoration to the lion and brown-and-blue decoration to the base, also includes the worn, red-slip inscription, "No. 12 / OUAM / Phillipsburg, NJ," on the underside. The abbreviation, "OUAM," refers to the fraternal organization, "Order of United American Mechanics," centered around the patronage of only American labor and businesses. L 11 1/8" ; H 9 1/2".

Exceptional J.S. NASH, Marion County, Texas Stoneware JarExceptional J.S. NASH, Marion County, Texas Stoneware JarExceptional J.S. NASH, Marion County, Texas Stoneware JarExceptional J.S. NASH, Marion County, Texas Stoneware JarExceptional J.S. NASH, Marion County, Texas Stoneware JarExceptional J.S. NASH, Marion County, Texas Stoneware Jar

Edgefield Influence. Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J.S. NASH," Jefferson S. Nash Pottery, Marion County, TX, circa 1850-1860. This jar faithfully follows the Southern stoneware aesthetic of form and glaze, featuring a bulbous shape, deep pocket handles, and a sophisticated, multi-colored alkaline glaze. Featuring various shades of brown with dark runs at the shoulder and gold mottling throughout, the jar changes color and luster as it is turned. Striking matte-maroon highlights are also visible on various areas of the vessel. According to Amy Kurlander in Texas Clay: 19th-Century Stoneware Pottery from the Bayou Bend Collection, Nash was an entrepreneur and planter born in Georgia in 1804. He arrived in Marion County, TX in 1846, where he established the state's first iron furnace and also a stoneware pottery. He was linked to the Edgefield potting tradition through his brother-in-law, James Gibbs, who was an investor in Edgefield's Pottersville Pottery during the 1840s. Some of the few surviving signed Nash pieces reveal a connection to the Edgefield style, raising the question of who worked at his pottery. (Interestingly, the shoulder of this jar features two impressed circular designs, depicting crosses surrounded by diagonal rays. This cross-within-circle motif is closely-related to a stamped design known as the "Landrum cross," used at the B.F. Landrum Pottery of Edgefield.) Regarding who produced his ware, Nash is often discussed in connection with African-American potter, Milligan Frazier (c.1848-after 1910), who would later operate his own shop near the Nash site. As noted by Kurlander and evidenced in period documents, Frazier, along with his mother and siblings were associates of Nash. However, according to an interview with Frazier's son, the potter had learned the trade while living in Louisiana. Kurlander also notes that both Frazier and Nash were tied to Edgefield-trained potting families in Bienville Parish, LA, further adding intrigue to the story. While Frazier was likely too young to have worked for Nash as a potter, various pieces with glazes similar to that seen on this jar have been attributed to Frazier's hand, either while working under Nash or at his own shop. For the former to be true, Nash's pottery would need to have existed longer than previously thought, which is a possibility. This jar is noteworthy from artistic and historical perspectives, featuring one of the most striking glazes that we have seen on a signed piece of Nash stoneware as well as serving to illustrate the migration of decorative arts styles during Westward expansion. Provenance: Recently discovered in the Midwestern U.S. H 12 1/2".

Fine Sand Mountain, Alabama Double-Handled Stoneware JarFine Sand Mountain, Alabama Double-Handled Stoneware JarFine Sand Mountain, Alabama Double-Handled Stoneware JarFine Sand Mountain, Alabama Double-Handled Stoneware Jar

Fine Two-Gallon Sand Mountain, AL Stoneware Jar with Alkaline Glaze, attributed to Archibald McPherson, Belcher's Gap, DeKalb County, AL, circa 1865-1885. H 12".

Very Rare Period Photograph of an African-American Man Holding a Stoneware Jug

Very Rare Tintype Portrait of an African-American Man Holding a Stoneware Jug, American, circa 1865. The style of the jug in the photo indicates it was made circa 1840-1860 in the Southern or Midwestern U.S. The name, Lew Cassell(?), in penciled script on the paper mat likely refers to the sitter, possibly a potter. Current research, however, cannot determine any additional information on the man in the photo. Period American photos depicting stoneware are considered highly unusual. Provenance: Recently found in an album of 1860s and 1870s tintypes and cabinet cards, which included a number of Union soldiers. Many of the photos originated in Ohio. Matted Dimensions: 4" x 2 1/2".

Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Pedestal-Based Water Cooler, Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Pedestal-Based Water Cooler,

Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Pedestal-Based Water Cooler with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "From / James Hamilton & Co / Greensboro, Pa, circa 1875. Exceptional form by one of the region's premier stoneware manufacturers. H 16 1/4".

Rare Small-Sized Greensboro, PA Stoneware Presentation Jar w/ Elaborate Decoration, Inscribed Rare Small-Sized Greensboro, PA Stoneware Presentation Jar w/ Elaborate Decoration, Inscribed Rare Small-Sized Greensboro, PA Stoneware Presentation Jar w/ Elaborate Decoration, Inscribed Rare Small-Sized Greensboro, PA Stoneware Presentation Jar w/ Elaborate Decoration, Inscribed

Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Presentation Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Inscribed "TiLLy," James or William "Leet" Hamilton, Greensboro, PA, circa 1860. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which recently surfaced in Western Pennsylvania. H 6 7/8".

Rare attrib. J.H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Canning Jar w/ MAYSVILLE AdvertisingRare attrib. J.H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Canning Jar w/ MAYSVILLE AdvertisingRare attrib. J.H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Canning Jar w/ MAYSVILLE AdvertisingRare attrib. J.H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Canning Jar w/ MAYSVILLE Advertising

Kentucky Canning Jar. Exceptional One-Gallon Stoneware Canning Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "BAYLESS / McCARTHEY & CO. /Louisville, KY," attributed to James H. Miller, Brandenburg, KY, circa 1860. Outstanding in color and decoration, this jar features slip-trailed line decoration and a finely-stenciled floral motif based on Miller's distinctive brushwork. It is the first example of Kentucky-made stoneware that we have offered featuring Bayless, McCarthey, & Co advertising, a merchant firm which, in later years, employed Western Pennsylvania potters to produce their wares. H 9 3/4".

Outstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed LidOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed LidOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed LidOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed LidOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed LidOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed LidOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO 1871 Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jar w/ Salt-Glazed Lid

Very Rare Lidded Stoneware Butter Crock with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Dated "1871," Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'," PA origin, 1871. The crock features wonderful cobalt decoration and Bell's scarce lead glaze, while its original lid is salt-glazed. Small amounts of salt glazing on Bell's lead-glazed stoneware indicate both his salt and lead glazed pieces were fired in the same kiln. The unusual size of the crock and perfect fit of the lid indicates the two were made together. H (excluding lid) 5 7/8" ; Diam. 6 3/4".

Outstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist HandlesOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist HandlesOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist HandlesOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist HandlesOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist HandlesOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist HandlesOutstanding JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist Handles

Outstanding Oversized Redware Tub with Rope-Twist Handles, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'," PA origin, circa 1850-1880. This redware tub is the largest example signed by any member of the Bell family that we have seen, a form commonly-produced in Waynesboro, PA and occasionally produced in Strasburg, VA. The handles on this example are applied at the shoulder as opposed to the rim, likely to adequately support the weight of the vessel when full. This is the first example of this form that we have seen with incised gadrooning and punctate decoration to the rim. Such details are highly reminiscent of the Bells' propensity for adding incised or stamped embellishments to their finer works (most notably their animals) after they were formed. The rim gadrooning is closely related to a treatment occasionally seen on redware cream jars produced by Samuel Bell & Sons of Strasburg, Virginia, the brother and nephews of John Bell. H 5 3/4" ; Diam. 13".

Outstanding attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Urn w/ Profuse Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Urn w/ Profuse Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Urn w/ Profuse Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Urn w/ Profuse Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Urn w/ Profuse Slip Floral Decoration

Form, Size, and Decoration. Outstanding Glazed Redware Urn with Elaborate Slip Floral Decoration, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. As the majority of gardenware produced in Strasburg during this period displayed only a matte, slip-washed surface, this glazed and slip-decorated urn is a particularly fine example. H 12 1/2" ; Diam. (across top) 12".

Exceptional 4 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Incised Decoration, circa 1790Exceptional 4 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Incised Decoration, circa 1790Exceptional 4 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Incised Decoration, circa 1790Exceptional 4 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Incised Decoration, circa 1790

Exceptional Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Floral Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, circa 1790. Featuring a large, free-form floral motif and superb color, this jar is among the more striking examples of Manhattan stoneware that we have offered in recent years. H 16".

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Nichols Presentation Piece. Probably Unique Small-Sized Stoneware Jug with Cobalt "Turnip" Decoration, Incised "AH / 1818" Within A Heart, William Nichols at the Nathan Clark Pottery, Athens, NY, 1818. The central incised heart design with initials and date is flanked by a vine motif. One side of the jug includes an incised design of a bird atop a fence. The other side depicts a partially-completed incised bird design. The distinctive "turnip" motif leads to a firm attribution to William Nichols (1798-1823), the tragically short-lived potter of Athens and Poughkeepsie, NY. According to Lukacs' Poughkeepsie Potters & The Plague, Nichols apprenticed at the Howe & Clark Pottery of Athens, NY as early as 1813, and continued to work at the same pottery under Nathan Clark's sole proprietorship until 1819. In August of 1819, Nichols traveled to Poughkeepsie, NY to work for potter, Durrell Williams, and established his own pottery there in 1823, for which he has become well-known among collectors. He would die later that year at the age of 25. The date on this jug indicates it was made by Nichols at the Nathan Clark Pottery shortly before his business venture in Poughkeepsie began. The intials, "AH," may refer to a member of the Howe family of Athens. To our knowledge, no other hand-inscribed pieces by Nichols are known. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a Southeastern U.S. collection. H 8 3/4".

Extremely Rare and Important Thomas Downing (New York City) Stoneware Oyster JarExtremely Rare and Important Thomas Downing (New York City) Stoneware Oyster JarExtremely Rare and Important Thomas Downing (New York City) Stoneware Oyster Jar

American History in Clay. Extremely Rare and Important Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "T. DOWNING / PICKLED OYSTERS / NO*5 BROAD ST / NEW YORK," probably Dennis McLees or Thomas Boone and Sons, Brooklyn, NY, circa 1840. Thomas Downing (1791-1866) was a prominent African-American oysterman and owner of the most well-known oyster house in 19th century New York City. Downing had grown up as a free black in Accomack County, VA, where he learned the trade of oysterman. His parents were slaves to a prominent land owner in that county, Captain John Downing, who freed them upon his conversion to Methodism. As a young man, Downing traveled north to serve during the War of 1812, meeting his wife in Philadelphia, and ultimately arrived in New York in 1819. Upon his arrival in New York, he purchased a boat and began oystering, eventually establishing Downing's Oyster House in 1825, a famous restaurant on the corner of Wall and Broad Streets that catered to the local elite. In 1842, Downing was responsible for providing food, including 50,000 oysters, for a well-known ball celebrating the arrival of British author, Charles Dickens. His oysters were shipped as far as London and Paris, presumably in jars of this type, and he was even gifted a gold chronometer from Queen Victoria for oysters he sent to her. Downing was also heavily-involved in the Abolitionist Movement. He used the cellar of his oyster house as a hiding place for runaway slaves in the Underground Railroad, helped found the United Anti-Slavery Society of the City of New York in 1836, and fought for less-restrictive black voting laws in the State of New York. Upon his death in 1866, the New York Chamber of Commerce closed for the day of his funeral. His son, George Thomas Downing (1819-1903), followed in his father's footsteps as a successful restaurateur and civil rights activist. He served in the Underground Railroad and American Anti-Slavery Society, and fought for equal education for blacks. He was an associate of Frederick Douglass, with whom he helped establish the American League of Colored Laborers in 1850. During the Civil War he was asked to support the enlistment of African-Americans in the Union army, receiving a written promise from the Governor of Massachusetts that they would be treated the same as Caucasian troops. His involvement with African-American civil rights causes continued well after the Civil War. Upon his death in 1903, George T. Downing was described in the Boston Globe as "the foremost colored man in the country." One of two Thomas Downing jars that we have ever offered, this example surviving in finer condition and featuring exceptional color. A wonderful piece of American ceramic history. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a forty-year private collection. H 6".

Extremely Rare and Important Thomas M. Jackson (New York City) Stoneware Oyster JarExtremely Rare and Important Thomas M. Jackson (New York City) Stoneware Oyster Jar

Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "THOMAS,M,JACKSON / 47,HOWARD,ST / NEW YORK," Brooklyn origin, circa 1840. Made for a prominent Manhattan African-American restaurateur. H 7".

Extremely Rare BROWN BROTHERS / HUNTINGTON, / L.I. Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare BROWN BROTHERS / HUNTINGTON, / L.I. Stoneware Jar Inscribed Extremely Rare BROWN BROTHERS / HUNTINGTON, / L.I. Stoneware Jar Inscribed

Epigraph Crock. Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Inscription, "OLD & STRONG," Stamped "BROWN BROTHERS / HUNTINGTON, / L.I.," circa 1870-1885. The slogan, "OLD & STRONG," on this jar likely refers to the durability of stoneware. These words hold true, as the jar has managed to survive in good, useable condition for 140 years or so. One of a small number of epigraph pieces known from this important coastal New York pottery. Provenance: A recently-discovered example.

Extremely Rare Stoneware Hanging Flowerpot w/ Applied Pine Cones, David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WVExtremely Rare Stoneware Hanging Flowerpot w/ Applied Pine Cones, David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WVExtremely Rare Stoneware Hanging Flowerpot w/ Applied Pine Cones, David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WVExtremely Rare Stoneware Hanging Flowerpot w/ Applied Pine Cones, David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WVExtremely Rare Stoneware Hanging Flowerpot w/ Applied Pine Cones, David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV

Ceramic Folk Sculpture. Extremely Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Hanging Flowerpot, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1885. One of a small number of surviving Thompson pieces with sprigged naturalistic decoration, this highly-decorative work relates to America's burgeoning art pottery movement. A closely-related work, sold as lot 130 in Crocker Farm's Spring 2020 auction, featured pine cones in a variety of sizes, applied in a random manner. This flowerpot instead uses different molds of small pine cones applied in more-orderly rows. Literature: For related works, see Duez and Horvath with Heindl, "The Stoneware Years of the Thompson Potters of Morgantown, West Virginia, 1854-1890," Ceramics in America 2011, fig. 59. According to this article, such objects were only made by David Greenland Thompson as gifts for family members and townspeople. H 8" ; Diam. 12".

Rare 10 Gal. D. G. THOMPSON / MORGANTOWN Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Cobalt DecorationRare 10 Gal. D. G. THOMPSON / MORGANTOWN Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Cobalt DecorationRare 10 Gal. D. G. THOMPSON / MORGANTOWN Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Cobalt DecorationRare 10 Gal. D. G. THOMPSON / MORGANTOWN Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Cobalt DecorationRare 10 Gal. D. G. THOMPSON / MORGANTOWN Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Cobalt Decoration

Morgantown Masterwork. Outstanding Ten-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand and Sponged Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "D.G. THOMPSON / Morgantown," David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1865. Featuring an extremely rare design of floral motifs surrounded by circular sponged borders, this jar is the finest piece of signed David Greenland Thompson stoneware that we have ever offered. H 19 1/2".

Exceedingly Rare MILLERS POTTERY. / P.O. / RACOON, / W.VA. Double-Handled Stoneware JugExceedingly Rare MILLERS POTTERY. / P.O. / RACOON, / W.VA. Double-Handled Stoneware JugExceedingly Rare MILLERS POTTERY. / P.O. / RACOON, / W.VA. Double-Handled Stoneware Jug

West Virginia Rarity. Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "MILLERS POTTERY. / P.O. / RACOON, / W.VA.," circa 1875. Exceptional form and appealing brushwork, featuring one of West Virginia's most elusive maker's marks. This jug is the first example bearing this stenciling that we have ever offered. H 17 1/4".

Exceedingly Rare and Important Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va. Redware JugExceedingly Rare and Important Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va. Redware JugExceedingly Rare and Important Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va. Redware JugExceedingly Rare and Important Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va. Redware JugExceedingly Rare and Important Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va. Redware JugExceedingly Rare and Important Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va. Redware Jug

Southern Rarity. Exceedingly Rare and Important Glazed Redware Jug, Stamped "Samuel Butter / CLARKSBURG / Va.," circa 1820-1850. Samuel Butter, like Thompson Pottery patriarch, John W. Thompson, apprenticed to potter, Jacob Foulke, Jr., in Morgantown, West Virginia. Thompson and his children would go on to produce both redware and stoneware in that city for most of the 19th century. According to Horvath and Duez's Ceramics in America 2004 article, "The Potters and Potteries of Morgan's Town, Virginia: The Earthenware Years, Circa 1796-1854," Butter's work, as evidenced by this specific jug and a few other pieces, had glazes that rivaled Thompson's. As only a few intact pieces of pottery and some excavated sherds have survived bearing Butter's maker's mark, his signed work ranks among the rarest 19th century pottery manufactured in the American South. Illustrated: Horvath and Duez, "The Potters and Potteries of Morgan's Town, Virginia: The Earthenware Years, Circa 1796-1854," Ceramics in America 2004, fig. 28. H 6 1/2".

Exceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WVExceptional Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attrib. Donaghho, Parkersburg, WV

Donaghho Dog. Exceptional Large-Sized Stoneware Figure of a Dog with Three-Color Glaze, attributed to the Donaghho Pottery, Parkersburg, WV, circa 1890. The three-color glaze scheme closely relates this figure to a very rare, molded stoneware spaniel made by potter, Ben Taylor, at the A.P. Donaghho pottery of Parkersburg, West Virginia, which bore the incised signature and abbreviations, "BEN TAYLOR / D.P. / P. W.VA." Also common among the two figures is the distinctive, sparse application of the Bristol slip, which reveals a buff, underlying base clay. Noteworthy in its size, glaze, and hand-modeled construction, this object is regarded as one of the greatest stoneware folk sculptures that we have ever offered and a masterwork of West Virginia figural stoneware. L 13 1/2" ; W 7" ; H 6 1/2".

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Hand-Signed. Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Paddletail Bird Decoration, Incised "N.A. White & Son / Utica / N.Y.," circa 1885. This jug is the first example of N.A. White & Son stoneware that we have offered bearing the signature executed in incised script by the potter.

Rare J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Crock w/ Dog Decoration

Rare Breed. Extremely Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Standing Dog Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT," circa 1855. John Hilfinger's dog motif is the most unusual Norton stoneware design employed with any regularity. Attesting to the rarity of this design, this crock is the first Norton dog-decorated piece that we have ever offered. H 12 5/8".

Very Unusual C. BOYNTON / TROY Stoneware Fish JarVery Unusual C. BOYNTON / TROY Stoneware Fish Jar

Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Fish Decoration, Stamped "C. BOYNTON. / TROY," NY State origin, circa 1825-1829. Few fish designs are known by the Albany-trained potter, Calvin Boynton. When found, they are typically incised. This charming, freehand rendering, exhibiting strong color on a desirable one-gallon size, resembles a goldfish.

Very Rare Redware Jar w/ Utica, New York Advertising, circa 1840Very Rare Redware Jar w/ Utica, New York Advertising, circa 1840Very Rare Redware Jar w/ Utica, New York Advertising, circa 1840Very Rare Redware Jar w/ Utica, New York Advertising, circa 1840

Very Rare Glazed Redware Jar with Utica, NY Advertising, Stamped "J.E. WARNER & CO. / Wholesale & Retail Druggists, / Nos. 22 & 21 Genesee St. / UTICA," Northeastern U.S. origin, circa 1840. Provenance: From a forty-year private collection. H 9".

Fine A. WILCOX / West Bloomfield, N.Y. Redware JarFine A. WILCOX / West Bloomfield, N.Y. Redware JarFine A. WILCOX / West Bloomfield, N.Y. Redware JarFine A. WILCOX / West Bloomfield, N.Y. Redware Jar

Fine Glazed Redware Jar, Stamped "A. WILCOX, / West Bloomfield, N.Y.," Ontario County, NY, circa 1850. Provenance: From a forty-year private collection. H 8 5/8".

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Outstanding Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Presentation Harvest Jug, Inscribed “Daniel Geist / 1854,” attributed to Henry Glazier, Huntingdon, PA, 1854. An exceedingly rare form for this highly-desirable Pennsylvania maker, exhibiting the potter’s distinctive alternating swag motif. Few Daniel Geists are listed in the 1850 federal census, all of them in Pennsylvania. A Daniel Geist (1819-1892) lived in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, PA, for the majority of his life, and this was probably the man for whom the jug was made.

Very Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral DecorationVery Rare Beaver, PA Stoneware Harvest Jug w/ Floral Decoration

Very Rare Stoneware Harvest Jug with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Beaver, PA origin, circa 1865. A wonderfully-decorated example, surviving in lesser-seen, excellent condition. Literature: Illustrated in Made in Pennsylvania: A Folk Art Tradition, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Very Rare T.D. HARDEN. / PALATINE. W. VA. Stoneware Harvest JugVery Rare T.D. HARDEN. / PALATINE. W. VA. Stoneware Harvest JugVery Rare T.D. HARDEN. / PALATINE. W. VA. Stoneware Harvest JugVery Rare T.D. HARDEN. / PALATINE. W. VA. Stoneware Harvest Jug

Very Rare Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Harvest Jug, Stenciled "T.D. HARDEN. / PALATINE. W. VA.," circa 1875. H (to top of handle) 12".

Monumental 10 Gal. Greensboro, PA Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Freehand DecorationMonumental 10 Gal. Greensboro, PA Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Freehand DecorationMonumental 10 Gal. Greensboro, PA Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Freehand Decoration

Monumental Ten-Gallon Stoneware Jug-Form Water Cooler with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, attributed to James Hamilton, Greensboro, PA, circa 1865. Similarities between the decoration on this cooler and the hand-signed, ten-gallon "Day & Ross" jar in our Spring 2020 lead to a firm attribution to James Hamilton. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, acquired by the consignor in Maryland. H 22".

Fine 5 Gal. att. Thomas Chandler Stoneware Jar with Kaolin Slip Decoration, Edgefield, SC, c1850Fine 5 Gal. att. Thomas Chandler Stoneware Jar with Kaolin Slip Decoration, Edgefield, SC, c1850Fine 5 Gal. att. Thomas Chandler Stoneware Jar with Kaolin Slip Decoration, Edgefield, SC, c1850Fine 5 Gal. att. Thomas Chandler Stoneware Jar with Kaolin Slip Decoration, Edgefield, SC, c1850

Fine Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Kaolin Slip Decoration, attributed to Thomas Chandler, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850.

Fine Stoneware Jar attrib. Thomas Chandler at the Trapp & Chandler Pottery, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1848-50Fine Stoneware Jar attrib. Thomas Chandler at the Trapp & Chandler Pottery, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1848-50Fine Stoneware Jar attrib. Thomas Chandler at the Trapp & Chandler Pottery, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1848-50Fine Stoneware Jar attrib. Thomas Chandler at the Trapp & Chandler Pottery, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1848-50

Fine Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Iron Slip Decoration, attributed to Thomas Chandler at the Trapp & Chandler Pottery, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1848-1850. H 15".

Exceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jug w/ Cobalt Bird and Grapes Motif

Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bird and Grapes Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. This jug features a desirable large size, outstanding decoration combining two iconic Cowden motifs, and some of the best color that we have seen on a piece of Central Pennsylvania stoneware. Provenance: Ex-collection of Pennsylvania folk artist, Bill Rank. This jug was used as a subject for his theorems.

Scarce Three-Gallon JOHN YOUNG & CO / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jug

Scarce Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "JOHN YOUNG & CO / HARRISBURG PA.," circa 1856-1858.

Fine Three-Gallon COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Man-in-the-Moon Jug

Fine and Scarce Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Man-in-the-Moon Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865.

Very Rare COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jug w/ Cobalt Grape and Foliate Spray Decoration

Very Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Grape and Foliate Spray Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865. This jug's decoration features a highly unusual combination of Cowden and Wilcox's classic grapes motif and the pottery's distinctive foliate brushwork.

Exceptional and Important B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA Stoneware Jar w/ Profuse Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration (Alexandria, VA)Exceptional and Important B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA Stoneware Jar w/ Profuse Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration (Alexandria, VA)Exceptional and Important B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA Stoneware Jar w/ Profuse Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration (Alexandria, VA)Exceptional and Important B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA Stoneware Jar w/ Profuse Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration (Alexandria, VA)Exceptional and Important B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA Stoneware Jar w/ Profuse Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration (Alexandria, VA)

Milburn Masterpiece. Important and Possibly Unique Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Exuberant Slip-Trailed Cobalt Floral and Chainlink Decoration, Stamped "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA," Alexandria, VA origin, circa 1850.This outstanding jar is exceptional in both form and decoration, featuring exemplary potting, coupled with profuse and deftly-applied slip-trailed decoration. Among the numerous signed B.C. Milburn jars known, this example is believed to be his masterpiece of the form. Literature: Pictured and discussed on p. 266 of Eddie L. Wilder, Alexandria, Virginia Pottery 1792-1876.Eddie L. Wilder, in his book, Alexandria, Virginia Pottery 1792-1876, states the following about this jar's decoration: "The slip-trailed artwork on this jar is absolutely the finest ever seen by the author on any Alexandria pottery" (Wilder, p. 266). H 12 1/2".

Rare HUGH SMITH & CO (Alexandria, VA) Inscribed Rare HUGH SMITH & CO (Alexandria, VA) Inscribed Rare HUGH SMITH & CO (Alexandria, VA) Inscribed

Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar, Stamped "HUGH SMITH & CO.," Incised on Underside "D J," David Jarbour at the Wilkes Street Pottery, Alexandria, VA, circa 1822-1825. Made at Alexandria's Wilkes Street Pottery for merchant, Hugh Smith, this jar is the first example of stoneware bearing the full initials of free black potter, David Jarbour, that we have seen.

Rare J. SWANN / ALEXA (John Swann, Alexandria, VA) Stoneware JarRare J. SWANN / ALEXA (John Swann, Alexandria, VA) Stoneware JarRare J. SWANN / ALEXA (John Swann, Alexandria, VA) Stoneware JarRare J. SWANN / ALEXA (John Swann, Alexandria, VA) Stoneware JarRare J. SWANN / ALEXA (John Swann, Alexandria, VA) Stoneware Jar

Very Rare One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J. SWANN / ALEXA," Alexandria, VA origin, circa 1820. This jar is only the third cobalt-decorated work by Swann that we have ever offered.

Extremely Rare H. R. MARSHALL, Baltimore, MD, circa 1822 Stoneware JarExtremely Rare H. R. MARSHALL, Baltimore, MD, circa 1822 Stoneware JarExtremely Rare H. R. MARSHALL, Baltimore, MD, circa 1822 Stoneware JarExtremely Rare H. R. MARSHALL, Baltimore, MD, circa 1822 Stoneware JarExtremely Rare H. R. MARSHALL, Baltimore, MD, circa 1822 Stoneware Jar

Elusive Southern Maker's Mark. Extremely Rare One-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Stamped "H.R. MARSHALL.," Hugh Robbins Marshall, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1822. Hugh R. Marshall learned the potter's trade in Baltimore from Thomas Morgan and briefly conducted his own pottery on Liberty Street circa 1822. During this time, it is likely that Marshall was operating at the shop of William Amoss, while Amoss was in Richmond, Virginia tending to the estate of his deceased brother, the Baltimore and Richmond potter, Thomas Amoss. Marshall was later associated with Elisha Parr's pottery on Pitt Street. Among the rarest Southern or Mid-Atlantic maker's marks that we are aware of, with roughly five intact pieces bearing this stamp known. Marshall has gained notoriety in recent years with the discovery of a pottery he established in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1831. This site, which was also occupied by the Cornwall, NY-trained potter, Francis Hamilton Bell, yielded sherds bearing the stamp, "H.R. MARSHALL / Fred'g, Va." Additionally, later sherds excavated at the Rockbridge Baths Pottery in Rockbridge County, Virginia bearing the incised inscription, "Hugh Marshall / Factor" and "Hugh Marshall / Manufactor" indicate his involvement in a third operation. An important example of Baltimore stoneware with strong connections to Virginia stoneware schools. Provenance: Illustrated and discussed in Kille, "Distinguishing Marks and Flowering Designs: Baltimore's Utilitarian Stoneware Industry," Ceramics in America 2005, pp. 98, 103, figs. 7-10. H 10 1/2".

Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60Extremely Rare Berks County, Pennsylvania Redware Pig Flask, Henne Family, Bern Township, 1830-60

Pennsylvania Masterwork. Extremely Rare Glazed Redware Pig Flask, attributed to the Henne Family, Bern Township, Berks County, PA, circa 1830-1860. Wheel-thrown in a jug-like form, this brilliantly-glazed and skillfully-modeled sow flask is a masterwork of the well-known Henne family of potters. It is the only Henne example that we have seen modeled in the form of a sow. When compared to the few known pig flasks by this family, this work is believed to be the finest in condition. Dating circa 1830 to 1860, it is among the earliest representations of a pig as a drinking vessel in American utilitarian pottery. Literature: A closely-related example is used as the centerfold in Hollander, American Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum, fig. 114, p. 150. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which surfaced several years ago in Pennsylvania. L 10 1/2".

Very Rare Hugh R. Marshall Stoneware Jar, Fredericksburg or Rockbridge County, VA, c1830Very Rare Hugh R. Marshall Stoneware Jar, Fredericksburg or Rockbridge County, VA, c1830Very Rare Hugh R. Marshall Stoneware Jar, Fredericksburg or Rockbridge County, VA, c1830Very Rare Hugh R. Marshall Stoneware Jar, Fredericksburg or Rockbridge County, VA, c1830

Missing Link. Very Rare Three-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, attributed to Hugh R. Marshall, Fredericksburg, VA or Rockbridge Baths Pottery, Rockbridge County, VA, circa 1830. The form and handle construction of this jar is closely-related to that found on the few known signed examples of Hugh R. Marshall stoneware from Baltimore. Similarities can also be drawn from the placement of cobalt over the tops of the handles and its simplistic decoration at the shoulder. The clay, however, is clearly Virginia, indicating this jar was likely made by Marshall while working in Virginia. Sherds bearing his incised signature on the underside are some of the few relics of his activity there. In recent years, Marshall has gained notoriety as his Fredericksburg, Virginia site was uncovered, yielding some marked and decorated sherds of similar style to this lot. One of the few intact pieces of Hugh R. Marshall stoneware made during his tenure in Fredericksburg or Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Rare Glazed Berks County, PA Redware Figure of a TigerRare Glazed Berks County, PA Redware Figure of a TigerRare Glazed Berks County, PA Redware Figure of a TigerRare Glazed Berks County, PA Redware Figure of a TigerRare Glazed Berks County, PA Redware Figure of a TigerRare Glazed Berks County, PA Redware Figure of a Tiger

Very Rare Glazed Redware Figure of a Tiger, Berks County, PA origin, fourth quarter 19th century. L 6 1/4".

Outstanding 1888 Tanware Canister w/ Elaborate Albany Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding 1888 Tanware Canister w/ Elaborate Albany Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding 1888 Tanware Canister w/ Elaborate Albany Slip Floral DecorationOutstanding 1888 Tanware Canister w/ Elaborate Albany Slip Floral Decoration

Outstanding Tanware Jar with Elaborate Albany Slip Floral Decoration and "1888" Date, New Geneva or Greensboro, PA origin, 1888. H 9 3/4".

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Exceptional Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "RICHEY & HAMILTON / PALATINE. / W. VA," circa 1880. This work, noteworthy in its form, size, and prolific use of both freehand and stenciled elements, is among the finest examples of Palatine, WV stoneware that we have ever offered. H 12 1/16".

Exceedingly Rare KNOX & BRO / POTTERS / Shinnston / W Va Stoneware Cake CrockExceedingly Rare KNOX & BRO / POTTERS / Shinnston / W Va Stoneware Cake CrockExceedingly Rare KNOX & BRO / POTTERS / Shinnston / W Va Stoneware Cake Crock

Shinnston Stamp. Exceedingly Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Cake Crock with Elaborate Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "KNOX & BRO / POTTERS / Shinnston / W Va," circa 1865. The Knox family is most well-known for its later stenciled ware. This crock is the first example of their work bearing an impressed maker's mark that we have ever offered.

Very Fine CAMDEN, PA Western PA Stoneware Advertising Jar w/ Bold Stenciled Eagle Decoration

Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "EAGLE POTTERY" and LYSLE BAILEY & CO. / CAMDEN, PA," James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA origin, circa 1875.

Extremely Rare Large-Sized Palatine, WV Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt DecorationExtremely Rare Large-Sized Palatine, WV Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt DecorationExtremely Rare Large-Sized Palatine, WV Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt DecorationExtremely Rare Large-Sized Palatine, WV Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt Decoration

Extremely Rare Large-Sized Stoneware Bowl with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Palatine, WV origin, circa 1875. Exceptional form and size. This bowl is the first of its kind from Palatine, WV that we have ever offered. The base treatment, which adds a sense of refinement to the form, includes a recessed band above a narrow foot as well as a slightly-recessed underside. This underside treatment, occasionally seen in American redware and almost never seen in American stoneware, was accomplished by allowing the bowl to become greenware, then inverted it upon the potter's wheel, and trimming it as the wheel turned. Possibly designed to be used as a punch bowl. H 7" ; Diam. 15".

Rare and Fine Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / RICES LANDING, PA Double-Handled Stoneware JugRare and Fine Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / RICES LANDING, PA Double-Handled Stoneware JugRare and Fine Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / RICES LANDING, PA Double-Handled Stoneware Jug

Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "EXCELSIOR WORKS / Isaac Hewitt, Jr. / RICES LANDING, PA," circa 1875. An elegantly-potted and rarely-seen form by this desirable maker, who also worked as a school teacher.

Exceptional BOYERS & HARDEN / PALATINE / W VA Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock w/ Elaborate Decoration

Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "BOYERS & HARDEN / PALATINE / W VA," circa 1875. H 14 1/2".

Exceptional 20 Gal. JAS. HAMILTON & CO. / GREENSBORO, PA Stoneware Eagle Crock

Outstanding Twenty-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "JAS. HAMILTON & CO. / GREENSBORO, PA" and "J. HAMILTON & CO. / GREENSBORO / PA," circa 1875. H 24 3/4".

Exceptional Anna Pottery / 1882 Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig FlaskExceptional Anna Pottery / 1882 Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig FlaskExceptional Anna Pottery / 1882 Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig FlaskExceptional Anna Pottery / 1882 Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig FlaskExceptional Anna Pottery / 1882 Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig FlaskExceptional Anna Pottery / 1882 Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig Flask

Exceptional Anna Pottery Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pig Flask, Signed "By Anna Pottery / 1882," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, 1882. Featuring a desirable salt-glazed surface and crisp Kirkpatrick penmanship, this flask is among the finest Anna examples that we have ever offered. Provenance: Surfaced several years ago in Pennsylvania. L 7".

Extremely Rare Oversized Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig FlaskExtremely Rare Oversized Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig FlaskExtremely Rare Oversized Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig FlaskExtremely Rare Oversized Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig FlaskExtremely Rare Oversized Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask

Big Pig. Extremely Rare Oversized Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1870. This early-period railroad pig flask by the Kirkpatrick brothers is the largest that we have ever offered, measuring 9 3/4" long by 4 1/4" tall. Previously, their iconic "Springfield Hog" was the largest that we have sold at 8 3/4" long. Provenance: Recently surfaced in PA. L 9 3/4" ; H 4 1/4".

Very Fine N. CLARK & CO. / LYONS Stoneware Jug w/ Man s Profile Decoration

Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Decoration of a Man's Profile, Stamped "N. CLARK & CO. / LYONS," attributed to Thompson Harrington at the Nathan Clark & Company Pottery, Lyons, NY State origin, circa 1850. The design on this jug was executed by the same hand as the iconic jug with decoration of a man walking a dog, also stamped "N. CLARK & CO. / LYONS", in the collection of The Adam Weitsman Stoneware Collection at the New York State Museum. This skilled decorator was most likely Thompson Harrington, the manager of Nathan Clark's Lyons pottery from 1822 to 1852, and owner of the pottery from 1852 to 1872. One of a very few human designs known bearing this stamp. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired by the consignor decades ago.

Very Rare JORDAN, New York Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Bird DecorationVery Rare JORDAN, New York Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Bird DecorationVery Rare JORDAN, New York Stoneware Jug w/ Incised Bird Decoration

Extremely Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Stamped "JORDAN," NY State origin, circa 1835.

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Very Rare Three-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug, Inscribed "J,N," Stamped "JULIUS NORTON / BENNINGTON, Vt.," circa 1840. One of a few examples of Julius Norton stoneware known bearing the famed potter's initialed signature.

Exceptional P. H. Smith, Akron, Ohio Stoneware Jar w/ Mermaid Decoration

Folk Art Figural Design. Exceptional Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Mermaid Decoration, Inscribed "P.H. Smith," Akron, OH origin, circa 1860. One theory on this design suggests that Smith was creating a political cartoon of sorts by combining his well-known fish designs with the head of Queen Victoria of England, as the face and crown on the mermaid are reminiscent of the reigning English queen of the period. H 14 1/8".

Outstanding North Carolina Moravian Redware Bowl w/ Multi-Colored Slip DecorationOutstanding North Carolina Moravian Redware Bowl w/ Multi-Colored Slip DecorationOutstanding North Carolina Moravian Redware Bowl w/ Multi-Colored Slip DecorationOutstanding North Carolina Moravian Redware Bowl w/ Multi-Colored Slip DecorationOutstanding North Carolina Moravian Redware Bowl w/ Multi-Colored Slip Decoration

Gorgeous Glaze. Extremely Rare Moravian Redware Bowl with Three-Color Glaze, NC origin, Salem, Bethabara, or Mt. Shepherd Potteries, late 18th or early 19th century. This bowl features distinctive glaze treatment modeled after "tortoiseshell ware" popularized by English potter, Thomas Whieldon. While characteristic of redware made in Salem and Bethabara, Forsyth County, NC, this bowl is also closely-related to pieces excavated at the site of Bethabara-trained Philip Jacob Meyer, who had been banished from the Moravian community and established his own pottery at Mt. Shepherd in Randolph County, NC. As the relatively small number of surviving NC redware pieces are found in damaged condition, this bowl's remarkable state of preservation is noteworthy. Provenance: A recently-discovered example. Diam. 12 1/4" ; H 3 1/2".

Very Rare Tennessee Stoneware Pitcher att. Hedgecough Pottery, Putnam CountyVery Rare Tennessee Stoneware Pitcher att. Hedgecough Pottery, Putnam CountyVery Rare Tennessee Stoneware Pitcher att. Hedgecough Pottery, Putnam CountyVery Rare Tennessee Stoneware Pitcher att. Hedgecough Pottery, Putnam County

Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Pitcher with Splashed Blue-Black Slip Decoration, attributed to the Hedgecough Pottery, Putnam County, TN, late 19th or early 20th century. H 9 1/4".

Exceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SCExceptional Stoneware Jar by Dave (February 2, 1852), with Rare Rutile Decoration, Edgefield District, SC

Rare Glaze. Outstanding Six-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Rutile Decoration, Incised "Lm / Feb 2. 1852," Dave at Lewis Miles' Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, 1852. Featuring a rotund form and unusual placement of the date and initials on opposing sides, this jar is one of a small number of Dave pieces known with rutile (titanium dioxide) decoration. H 13 1/2".

Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar by African-American Potter Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, c1865

Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Signed "J," Lucius Jordan, Washington County, GA, circa 1865.

Exceptional WB (Washington Becham, Crawford County, Georgia) Stoneware Churn with LidExceptional WB (Washington Becham, Crawford County, Georgia) Stoneware Churn with LidExceptional WB (Washington Becham, Crawford County, Georgia) Stoneware Churn with LidExceptional WB (Washington Becham, Crawford County, Georgia) Stoneware Churn with LidExceptional WB (Washington Becham, Crawford County, Georgia) Stoneware Churn with LidExceptional WB (Washington Becham, Crawford County, Georgia) Stoneware Churn with Lid

Exceptional Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Churn with Lid, Stamped "WB," Washington Becham, Crawford County, GA, second half 19th century.

Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890

Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, attributed to J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. H (0f pitcher) 12" ; H (of bowl) 7 1/4" ; W (of bowl) 14 1/4".

Extremely Rare CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / Va Stoneware PitcherExtremely Rare CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / Va Stoneware PitcherExtremely Rare CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / Va Stoneware PitcherExtremely Rare CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / Va Stoneware PitcherExtremely Rare CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / Va Stoneware Pitcher

Form and Maker. Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "CARVER & WIGHTMAN / EDINBURG / Va," circa 1850-1865.

Exceptional J KEISTER & CO / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Elaborate Cobalt Floral DecorationExceptional J KEISTER & CO / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Elaborate Cobalt Floral DecorationExceptional J KEISTER & CO / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Elaborate Cobalt Floral DecorationExceptional J KEISTER & CO / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration

Alexandria Connection. Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "J KEISTER & CO / STRASBURG, VA.," circa 1870. The outstanding decoration on this pitcher, atypical of the Strasburg style, indicates this piece was made itinerant potter, James Shinnick. For a period, Shinnick worked for Benedict C. Milburn at Alexandria, Virginia's Wilkes Street Pottery, and the distinctive design from this manufactory traveled with him to the Shenandoah Valley, where he worked later in his career. Shinnick's Alexandria designs can be found on Strasburg stoneware as well as pieces he produced at his own pottery firm in Mount Crawford. H 12".

Fine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green GlazeFine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green GlazeFine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green GlazeFine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green GlazeFine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green GlazeFine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green GlazeFine George Ohr Pottery Vase in Speckled Green Glaze

Fine Large-Sized George Ohr Pottery Vase, Stamped "G. E. OHR / Biloxi, Miss.," late 19th century. Desirable large size and use of Ohr's distinctive manipulation of his vessels. Provenance: Recently surfaced in Pennsylvania. H 4 5/8" ; Diam. (at widest) 5 3/4".

Fine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled FormFine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled FormFine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled FormFine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled FormFine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled FormFine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled FormFine George Ohr Vase with Crumpled Form

Fine George Ohr Pottery Vase, Stamped "G.E. OHR / Biloxi, Miss.," late 19th century. An extreme example of Ohr's manipulation of the clay. Provenance: Recently surfaced in Pennsylvania. H 4 5/8".

Unusual George Ohr Pottery Inkwell on BaseUnusual George Ohr Pottery Inkwell on BaseUnusual George Ohr Pottery Inkwell on BaseUnusual George Ohr Pottery Inkwell on Base

Unusual George Ohr Pottery Inkwell on Base, Stamped "GEO. E. OHR / BILOXI.," MS origin, late 19th century. L 5 5/8" ; W 3 5/8".

George Ohr Pottery Lidded VaseGeorge Ohr Pottery Lidded VaseGeorge Ohr Pottery Lidded VaseGeorge Ohr Pottery Lidded VaseGeorge Ohr Pottery Lidded VaseGeorge Ohr Pottery Lidded VaseGeorge Ohr Pottery Lidded Vase

George Ohr Pottery Lidded Vase, Stamped "G.E. OHR / Biloxi, Miss.," late 19th century. H (including lid) 5 1/4" ; Diam. (at widest point) 5 1/4".

George Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow GlazeGeorge Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Yellow Glaze

George Ohr Pottery Log Cabin Inkwell, Stamped "G.E. OHR, / BILOXI," MS origin, late 19th century. L 3 3/16" ; W 2 1/2" ; H 2 13/16".

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