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Stoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship DecorationStoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship DecorationStoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship DecorationStoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship DecorationStoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship DecorationStoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship DecorationStoneware Cooler with Elaborate Incised Ship Decoration

American Ceramic Masterpiece. Outstanding and Important Four-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Cooler with Incised Ship Decoration, Inscribed “John B. Wilson” and Dated “1839,” attributed to Abial Price, South Amboy, New Jersey, 1839. This work features one of the finest renderings of a sailing ship in American-made ceramics, noteworthy in its size and detail. The incised decoration, spanning an impressive 9 1/4" tall by 12" long, includes intricate and exceptionally-deep carving to the vessel's sails, sawtoothed embellishments to the gunwale, numerous portholes, and three waving flags. The distinctive floral motif on the reverse indicates it was made by the New-Jersey-trained potter, Abial Price, of the illustrious Price family of potters, which included father, Ebenezer, and grandfather, Xerxes, of South Amboy. This maritime masterwork is easily the finest example of New Jersey stoneware that we have ever offered and among the finest surviving works from a state integral in the development of the American salt-glazed stoneware tradition. Provenance: Ex-Leigh Keno, New York, NY. H 16 1/2".

Three-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Water Cooler with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Impressed Three-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Water Cooler with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Impressed Three-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Water Cooler with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Impressed Three-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Water Cooler with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Impressed

Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Water Cooler with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Impressed "SPIRITS OF TURPENTINE / W.H. Crandell," Stamped "CLARK & FOX / ATHENS," NY State origin, circa 1829-1843. Featuring a stylish form and rare subject matter with 1 1/4" tall lettering, this cooler is among the finest examples of signed Nathan Clark & Ethan Fox stoneware known. The name, "W.H. Crandell," is underscored by Clark's distinctive coggled circle motif, typically seen on this potter's inkwells. H 15 1/2".

Dr. Wilson H. Crandell was the brother-in-law of Ethan Fox and an Illinois physician. As part of various period medical treatments, he would have used Spirits of Turpentine on a regular basis, and this elaborate cooler would have been made as a gift to sit in his office.

Exceedingly Rare and Historically Significant Stoneware Flask with Incised Flag and Presidential Election of 1868 Inscriptions, OH origin, 1868. H 8 1/2Exceedingly Rare and Historically Significant Stoneware Flask with Incised Flag and Presidential Election of 1868 Inscriptions, OH origin, 1868. H 8 1/2Exceedingly Rare and Historically Significant Stoneware Flask with Incised Flag and Presidential Election of 1868 Inscriptions, OH origin, 1868. H 8 1/2Exceedingly Rare and Historically Significant Stoneware Flask with Incised Flag and Presidential Election of 1868 Inscriptions, OH origin, 1868. H 8 1/2Exceedingly Rare and Historically Significant Stoneware Flask with Incised Flag and Presidential Election of 1868 Inscriptions, OH origin, 1868. H 8 1/2

Political Flask. Exceedingly Rare and Historically Significant Stoneware Flask with Incised Flag and Presidential Election of 1868 Inscriptions, OH origin, 1868. The flask was made shortly after the U.S. Presidential Election of 1868, in which Republican candidate and former Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, defeated the Democratic candidate and New York Governor, Horatio Seymour. One side of the flask celebrates the victory of Grant, an Ohio native, in his home state on Election Day with the words, "Grant / 45000 in / Ohio / Nov 3rd / 1868". The other side mocks the defeated Seymour with "H / C=Mour / will meat(sic) / my Friends up / Salt River / Nov 4th / 1868." The term "meet. . . up Salt River" is related to the colloquialism "Cry me a river," with "salt" referencing the saltiness of tears. One side of the flask features an incised design of an American flag bearing the names, "Grant / Colfax," for President Ulysses S. Grant and his Vice-President-Elect, Schuyler Colfax. The initials, "MOB," at the shoulder possibly refer to the flask's maker or owner. H 8 1/2".

Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Handles and Cobalt Inscription, Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Handles and Cobalt Inscription, Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Handles and Cobalt Inscription, Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Handles and Cobalt Inscription, Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Handles and Cobalt Inscription,

New York State History in Clay. Exceedingly Rare and Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Scalloped Handles and Cobalt Inscription, "Coopers:town," Stamped "PAUL : CUSHMANS," Albany, NY, circa 1812. Cooperstown was founded by William Cooper (1754-1809), a merchant, developer, and judge, who also served two terms in the United States Congress representing Otstego County and Central New York. Cooper was also the father of James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), well-known author of several works of fiction, including The Last of the Mohicans. William Cooper originally established the town of Cooperstown in 1786 as the "Village of Otstego," as it was built of Otstego Lake. The village was incorporated in 1807, and the name was officially changed to Cooperstown in 1812 after its founder, who had died in Albany in 1809. It is believed that this jar was made to commemorate the renaming of the town and dates to the year 1812. Note the use of a colon between "Coopers" and "town" as seen on the coggled maker's mark, "PAUL : CUSHMANS." Of the town he founded, Cooper once wrote, "This was the first settlement I made, and the first attempted after the Revolution; it was, of course, attended with the greatest difficulties; nevertheless, to its success many others have owed their origin. It was besides the roughest land in all the state, and the most difficult of cultivation of all that had been settled; but for many years past it has produced everything necessary to the support and comfort of man." This work is the finest example of Paul Cushman stoneware to come to auction in years, featuring unusually bright color for the maker and highly unusual scalloped carving to the handles. H 15".

Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped

African-American Ceramic History. Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Oyster Jar, Stamped "T. DOWNING'S / PICKLED / OYSTERS, / NO. 5 BROAD STREET, / NEW-YORK," attributed to Clarkson Crolius, Manhattan, NY, circa 1830's. This example uses a font closely-related to that seen on signed pieces of Clarkson Crolius, Sr. stoneware from Manhattan; additionally, the exact quality of the Albany glaze is a match for signed Crolius ware. This oyster jar is the first that we have seen bearing this exact type face. Typical Thomas Downing jars feature a different, cruder font that matches the work of the Brooklyn stoneware shop of T.G. Boone. A great new discovery, made by America's preeminent stoneware potter of the time period for its preeminent oysterman. H 7 1/2".

Extremely Rare Stoneware Salesman s Sample Grave Marker with Impressed Decoration, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Salesman s Sample Grave Marker with Impressed Decoration, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Salesman s Sample Grave Marker with Impressed Decoration, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Salesman s Sample Grave Marker with Impressed Decoration, Stamped Extremely Rare Stoneware Salesman s Sample Grave Marker with Impressed Decoration, Stamped

Extremely Rare Stoneware Salesman's Sample Grave Marker, Stamped "T.R. KILE / BORN / AUG 3, 1700. / DIED / AUG. 3, 1800," attributed to the Decker Pottery, Chucky Valley, TN, late 19th century. The marker's identical birth and death dates, set exactly one-hundred years apart, indicate this piece was made as a sample for prospective customers. H 12".

Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped

The Earliest Signed Southern Stoneware Water Cooler. Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped "PARR & BURLAND / BALTIMORE," David Parr, Sr. and James Burland, Baltimore, MD, circa 1815-1821. The rarity of this form for the time period is evidenced by the intriguing placement of the bunghole on the side of the vessel. Few examples are known bearing this stamp, the only maker's mark used by the influential Baltimore potter, David Parr, Sr. H 16 1/2".

Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped Rare Shenandoah Valley Lidded Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird Finial, Stamped

Iconic Shenandoah Valley Form. Rare Glazed Redware Sugar Bowl with Bird-Finialed Lid, Stamped "BAECHER / WINCHESTER," Anthony Bacher, Winchester, VA, circa 1880. This example, surviving in strong condition for the maker, includes an unusual leaf or fish in the bird's beak. H 5 1/2".

Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed

Shenandoah Rarity. Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher and Bowl Set, Inscribed "A. Kern," Adam Kern, Winchester, VA or Mechanicstown (now Thurmont), MD, circa 1881-1883. This beautifully-glazed pitcher and bowl set features an unusual, small-sized bowl and the incised signature, "A. Kern," on the underside of each vessel. The distinctive glaze is closely-related to that seen on a few surviving flowerpots bearing the mark, "BAECHER & KERN / WINCHESTER, VA," made during Adam Kern's parternship with Anthony Bacher in 1883. According to Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, Kern, like Bacher, was a native of Bavaria. He was employed at the Big Hunting Creek Pottery in Mechanicstown, MD in 1882, the year it closed, while it was under the ownership of J.E. Simons. In 1883, he moved to Frederick County, Virginia to become Anthony Bacher's partner. An advertisement noted in Comstock reads, "We are requested to announce that Mr. Anthony Bacher, the well known Potter has taken in as partner, Mr. Adam Kern of Pennsylvania who is a native of Baveria, Germany and a skilled potter. The new firm is preparing to do an extensive business the coming season, as they expect to manufacture pots and enough earthen-ware to supply the entire Valley." This partnership, however, was very short-lived, dissolving by 1884, when Kern moved to Pennsylvania (Comstock, p. 430). This pitcher and bowl set is the only example of this prized form that we have seen by Kern as well as the only script-signed piece by this potter that we are aware of. H (of pitcher) 11 1/4"; H (of bowl) 5 1/8" ; Diam. (of bowl) 12 1/4".

Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Slip Decoration, PA origin, probably Berks County, circa 1840-1880. Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Slip Decoration, PA origin, probably Berks County, circa 1840-1880. Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Slip Decoration, PA origin, probably Berks County, circa 1840-1880. Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Slip Decoration, PA origin, probably Berks County, circa 1840-1880. Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Slip Decoration, PA origin, probably Berks County, circa 1840-1880.

Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Sugar Bowl with Profuse Slip Decoration, PA origin, probably Berks County, circa 1840-1880. H 6" ; Diam. 8 1/4".

Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Copper Slip Decoration, Stamped Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Copper Slip Decoration, Stamped Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Copper Slip Decoration, Stamped Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Copper Slip Decoration, Stamped Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Copper Slip Decoration, Stamped

Morgantown Influence. Exceptional Glazed Redware Jar with Profuse Copper Slip Decoration, Stamped "WM. W. BURCHNELL / LONDON," Madison County, Ohio, circa 1835. William Burchnell was evidently trained in Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia), and joined fellow Morgantown potter, James M. Thompson, Jr., in London, Ohio by 1830, establishing a pottery on the site of the town's Presbyterian Church. This jar is Burchnell's finest known work. H 6 3/4".

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Southern Incising. Exceptional Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Profuse Incised Bird, Floral, and Potted Plant Motifs, attributed to Chester Webster, Randolph County, NC, circa 1875. This high-styled pitcher is decorated in the incised tradition of Hartford, Connecticut, brought to North Carolina by the Websters circa 1818. Meticulously-decorated with bird, floral, geometric, and drape motifs, this work also exhibits a high level of craftmanship in its potting, revealed in its thin-walled construction, elaborate tooling, and refined spout modeled after Staffordshire china. Provenance: Illustrated and discussed in Quincy and Samuel Scarborough, North Carolina Decorated Stoneware: The Webster School of Folk Potters, p. 59, fig. 61. H 8 1/8".

Monumental J. D. & T. W. CRAVEN Stoneware Water Cooler Inscribed Monumental J. D. & T. W. CRAVEN Stoneware Water Cooler Inscribed Monumental J. D. & T. W. CRAVEN Stoneware Water Cooler Inscribed Monumental J. D. & T. W. CRAVEN Stoneware Water Cooler Inscribed Monumental J. D. & T. W. CRAVEN Stoneware Water Cooler Inscribed Monumental J. D. & T. W. CRAVEN Stoneware Water Cooler Inscribed

Craven Family Masterpiece. Monumental Twelve-Gallon Stoneware Cooler with Cobalt Inscription, "Moore Co. / NC.," Stamped "J.D. & T.W. CRAVEN," Jacob Dorris Craven (1824-1895) and Thomas Wesley Craven (1829-1858), Moore County, NC origin, circa 1856-1858. This antebellum Southern cooler of enormous capacity proudly commemorates the vessel's county of origin in cobalt brushwork, a decorative treatment rarely seen in North Carolina stoneware. Exemplary in its form, size, and cobalt inscription, this work, made during the short-lived partnership of brothers, Jacob Dorris and Thomas Wesley Craven, is among the finest examples of Craven family stoneware to come to auction in years. H 28 1/2".

Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed

Southern Face Jug. Outstanding Albany-Slip-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed "E. Galloway. / Paducah, KY.," Ernest Galloway, Paducah, KY, early 2oth century. This face jug is among the finest examples of the form produced in the state of Kentucky. As few American face vessels are signed, this jug serves as a rosetta stone for attributing other works to this maker. Its highly-expressive face is closely-related that commonly seen on alkaline-glazed face vessels produced decades prior in South Carolina's Edgefield District. H 10".

Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters

Exceptional Presentation Stoneware Harvest Jug, Inscribed in Raised Letters "C.W.H.," Middle Tennessee origin, fourth quarter 19th century. This imaginatively-decorated form includes applied studs, screwheads, and initials as well as its original lid. H 12 1/2".

Extremely Rare and Important 3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important 3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important 3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important 3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important 3 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration Inscribed

Rarest of the Rare. Important Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Incised Decoration, Inscribed "H.R. Marshall / Maker / Baltimore / 1822," Hugh Robbins Marshall, Baltimore, MD, 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. Recent research also indicates Marshall operated a pottery in Lynchburg, VA. Together, this evidence suggests that Marshall was a highly-active, and possibly influential, potter, despite a paucity of signed work. To our knowledge, this jar is the only surviving piece of hand-signed stoneware produced by Marshall. The style of signature is closely-related to that seen on pieces made by his Baltimore contemporaries, William Morgan and Thomas Amoss of Pitt Street. The incised motif at the shoulder shares commonalities with the Manhattan, NY potting tradition, by which much of Baltimore's early stoneware was inspired. Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Kille, "Distinguishing Marks and Flowering Designs: Baltimore's Utilitarian Stoneware Industry," Ceramics in America 2005, pp. 98, figs. 7-8.

Fine One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped

Cover Piece. Fine One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "B.C. MILBURN / ALEXA," VA origin, circa 1850. Literature: Illustrated on the cover of Eddie L. Wilder, Alexandria, VA Pottery: 1792-1876.

Rare Strasburg, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Applied Bird and Floral Design, circa 1890Rare Strasburg, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Applied Bird and Floral Design, circa 1890Rare Strasburg, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Applied Bird and Floral Design, circa 1890Rare Strasburg, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Applied Bird and Floral Design, circa 1890Rare Strasburg, VA Stoneware Pitcher w/ Applied Bird and Floral Design, circa 1890

Exceedingly Rare Manganese-Decorated Pitcher with Applied Bird and Floral Decoration, Strasburg, VA origin, circa 1895. Literature: For a closely-related example, see Rice and Stoudt, The Shenandoah Pottery, p. 138, fig. 172. Provenance: A recently-discovered example, which descended in the Keister family, having been collected from the root cellar of "Great Grandma Keister" in Cumberland, MD. H 8".

Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Federal Shield Decoration, probably KY origin, circa 1835.Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Federal Shield Decoration, probably KY origin, circa 1835.

Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Federal Shield Decoration, Ohio River Valley origin, probably KY origin, circa 1825-1840. While scarce in 19th century stoneware in general, shield designs are extremely rare on pieces from this region. The boldly-brushed image on this jar is complemented by an appealing ovoid form with reductive tab handles, indicating an early period of manufacture. Provenance: Ex-John and Lil Palmer Collection, Purcellville, VA.

Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar Stamped Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar Stamped Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar Stamped Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar Stamped Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar Stamped

Scarce Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "DH," Daniel Hartsoe, Lincoln County, NC, circa 1875. This large-sized example of Hartsoe's work includes darker glazing to the pocket handles. H 16 1/4".

Outstanding Rope-Handled Redware Jar with Sgraffito Decoration att. Vickers Pottery, Chester County, PAOutstanding Rope-Handled Redware Jar with Sgraffito Decoration att. Vickers Pottery, Chester County, PAOutstanding Rope-Handled Redware Jar with Sgraffito Decoration att. Vickers Pottery, Chester County, PAOutstanding Rope-Handled Redware Jar with Sgraffito Decoration att. Vickers Pottery, Chester County, PA

Fine Sgraffito-Decorated Redware Jar with Pinwheel Motifs and Rope-Twist Handles, Eastern Pennsylvania origin, probably Vickers Family, Chester County, PA, first quarter 19th century. H 8".

Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Jug with Folky Horse Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Jug with Folky Horse Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Jug with Folky Horse Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Jug with Folky Horse Decoration Inscribed Extremely Rare and Important Stoneware Jug with Folky Horse Decoration Inscribed

Folk Art Horse. Outstanding Stoneware Jug with Brushed Cobalt Horse Decoration, Inscribed "old cherry," probably Brown Brothers, Huntington, Long Island, NY, third quarter 19th century. While most Brown Brothers epigraph pieces feature inscriptions in all capital letters, this family did use lower-case lettering on redware plates. The similarity in penmanship to the word, "old," on this jug and the word, "cloud," in the Browns' well-known "Flying Cloud" slip-decorated redware plate is noteworthy. This detail, coupled with the form (documented in the Browns' work), and the provenance, indicate this jug is likely a Brown Brothers piece. Figural-decorated pieces from this pottery are exceedingly rare. The term "old cherry" likely refers to a 19th century brandy variety called "Old Cherry," which the jug was made to hold. Provenance: This jug includes an old piece of tape on underside, "MRS. E. JANE SMITH '76 / Brown Bros L.I." H 9 1/2" ; Diam. (at base) 8 5/8".

Exceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face JugExceedingly Rare & Important Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Face Jug

American Folk Art Icon. Exceedingly Rare and Important Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Face Harvest Jug, attributed to Henry Harrison Remmey or Richard Clinton Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1855-1865. One of a small number of Remmey family face vessels known, this double-face harvest jug is among the most coveted forms in all of American stoneware. Very few of its kind have to come to auction in the past thirty years, this restored jug being among the most brilliantly-colored of any example known. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example. H 7".

Extremely Rare H. & G. NASH / UTICA Stoneware Jar with Man-Smoking-Pipe Decoration

Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Profile of a Man Smoking a Pipe, Stamped "H. & G. NASH / UTICA," Henry and George Nash, Utica, NY, circa 1832-1837. This whimsical design includes the figure's goatee holding the pipe in place.

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Earliest Known Southern Stoneware Maker's Mark. Exceedingly Rare and Important One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Iron-Oxide and Cobalt Slip Decoration, Stamped "BALTIMORE / UNION STONEWARE / MANUFACTORY," Michael Grub and John Kilmer, Baltimore, MD, circa 1808-1810. Decorated in the "iron-dipped" English style, Baltimore Union pieces were made contemporaneously with related Alexandria, Virginia stoneware produced by Lewis Plum, the master under which John Swann apprenticed. The stamp on this jar predates any maker's marks found on Alexandria or Richmond, VA stoneware, pieces produced by the Webster family in Fayetteville, NC, examples of Samuel Smith, Jr. stoneware from Knoxville, TN, or pieces produced at Abner Landrum's Pottersville Pottery in the Edgefield District of SC, making it the earliest Southern stoneware maker's mark known. This example reveals the beginnings of cobalt slip decoration in Southern-made stoneware with the brushed highlight over the capacity mark. One of five or so pieces bearing this stamp known. Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Kille, "Distinguishing Marks and Flowering Designs: Baltimore's Utilitarian Stoneware Industry," Ceramics in American 2005, fig. 17.

Very Rare M. TYLER & CO. / ALBANY 3 Gal. Incised Stoneware Water Cooler, Albany, NY, circa 1835Very Rare M. TYLER & CO. / ALBANY 3 Gal. Incised Stoneware Water Cooler, Albany, NY, circa 1835

Outstanding Large-Sized Stoneware Water Cooler with Incised Floral Decoration, Stamped "M. TYLER & CO. / ALBANY," circa 1825. Exceptional form featuring a high-styled floral motif and stripe-decorated bunghole. The distinctive incising on this cooler indicates it was likely decorated by George Lent or an associate. H 16".

Very Fine 2 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jar w/ Incised Decoration, c1790Very Fine 2 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jar w/ Incised Decoration, c1790

Extremely Fine and Rare Two-Gallon Vertical-Handled Stoneware Jar with Incised Floral Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, probably Crolius Family, circa 1790.

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Parr Political Piece. Probably Unique Glazed Redware Political Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Inscribed "look this way for henry clay," attributed to David Parr, Jr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1844. This jug surfaced years ago at a Baltimore, MD, flea market and recent analysis suggests that local potter, David Parr, Jr., was its likely creator. The incised bird with speech bubble and profuse stippled incising bears remarkable stylistic similarities to the famous "Geo. N. Fulton" stoneware water cooler with incised eagle made at Parr's later Richmond manufactory in 1856. Parr's Whig party membership further corroborates this attribution. Parr was an avid Whig, an assistant marshal at the 1844 Whig National Convention in Baltimore, which nominated Clay for president, and a committee member of Baltimore's Central Clay Club, which supported Henry Clay's candidacy for president. Provenance: Previously purchased years ago at a Baltimore area flea market. H 10 1/2".

Extremely Rare and Important att. J. H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Pan with Large Bird DecorationExtremely Rare and Important att. J. H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Pan with Large Bird DecorationExtremely Rare and Important att. J. H. Miller / Brandenburg, KY Stoneware Pan with Large Bird Decoration

Southern Bird. Extremely Rare Stoneware Bowl with Cobalt Bird-and-Floral Decoration, attributed to James H. Miller, Brandenburg, KY, circa 1860. Rare in its form and extruded strap handles, this work is one of a few examples of bird-decorated stoneware known from James Miller's tenure in Kentucky. H 7" ; Diam. 8 3/4".

Exceptional Greensboro, PA 12 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Applied Rose DesignExceptional Greensboro, PA 12 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Applied Rose DesignExceptional Greensboro, PA 12 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Applied Rose DesignExceptional Greensboro, PA 12 Gal. Stoneware Jar with Applied Rose Design

Exceptional Twelve-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Applied Rose Motif and Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to James Hamilton, Greensboro, PA, circa 1865. H 21 1/4".

Important and Possibly Unique Edwin Bennett, Baltimore, MD Cold-Painted Marine PitcherImportant and Possibly Unique Edwin Bennett, Baltimore, MD Cold-Painted Marine PitcherImportant and Possibly Unique Edwin Bennett, Baltimore, MD Cold-Painted Marine PitcherImportant and Possibly Unique Edwin Bennett, Baltimore, MD Cold-Painted Marine Pitcher

Rockingham Masterwork. Possibly Unique Molded Rockingham Marine Pitcher with Original Painted Surface, attributed to Edwin and William Bennett, Baltimore, MD, mid 19th century. This Bennett form, produced by Charles Coxon from molded Chesapeake Bay sea life, is among the most iconic designs in the field of American Rockinghamware. Typically found with local-blue-clayed or Rockingham-glazed bodies, this example instead features a Rockingham-glazed interior and elaborate polychrome paint-decorated exterior. It is the only painted marine pitcher known, possibly an early or specially-ordered work designed to mimic majolicaware. H 10 3/8".

John Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, ILJohn Gaubatz / St. Louis Stoneware Pig Flask att. Anna Pottery, Anna, IL

Fine Anna Pottery Stoneware Pig Flask with St. Louis, MO Advertising, Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1875. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor. L 8".

Extremely Rare 4 Gal. Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD, circa 1860Extremely Rare 4 Gal. Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD, circa 1860Extremely Rare 4 Gal. Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD, circa 1860Extremely Rare 4 Gal. Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD, circa 1860

Exceptional Size. Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Clover Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1870. The only four-gallon Baltimore clover-decorated pitcher that we have seen, likely specially-ordered for use in a large place of business or farm. H 15 3/4".

Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)Extremely Rare and Important Lanier Meaders Double Face Jug, circa 1972 (with cones)

Identical Twins. Extremely Rare and Important Pair of Conjoined Stoneware Face Jugs, Each Signed "Lanier Meaders," Cleveland, GA, circa 1972. This outstanding folk sculpture consists of two alkaline-glazed face jugs fused together by a kiln brick that fell during the firing. Included with this lot is a custom wooden stand and a pair of melted cones from Meaders' kiln. H 8 3/4" ; L 14".

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