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Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806Extremely Rare and Exceptional Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Manhattan, September 15, 1806

The Definitive Example of Early American Stoneware. Highly Important Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Incised Federal Eagle Decoration, Impressed "JOHN, L, WESSELL," Incised "New York / September 15th 1806," attributed to the Crolius Family, Manhattan, NY, 1806.

Made for local cabinetmaker, John Wessell, this work features one of the earliest renderings of an eagle in the entire American stoneware medium as well as one of a few eagle motifs known from the city of New York. Crafted just thirty years after America's independence, its eagle relates to the original design from the Great Seal of the United States in 1782, depicting the bird with prominent crest, straighter beak, and upward-pointing legs. The pitcher's stylized foliate motifs flanking the eagle lead to a firm attribution to a member of the illustrious Crolius family of potters, largely responsible for the proliferation of the stoneware industry/art form throughout the country during the turn of the 19th century. Its combination of impressed and incised lettering is highly unusual; of particular note are the hand-incised words on the reverse, "New York," making this vessel one of a small number of objects bearing a script inscription linking it to New York City. Among these are the iconic "Flowered By Clarkson Crolius" spouted vessel, the "Bill Howard" heavily-incised jug in the collection of the New-York Historical Society, as well as a diminutive eagle-decorated jar, sold in Crocker Farm's July 20, 2013, which set a then-auction-record price for Manhattan stoneware.

A combination of numerous qualities--including decoration, origin, form, color, and inscriptions specifying its owner and origin and date of manufacture--produce an object of extraordinary significance, beauty, and rarity. Its manufacture in Manhattan, where American cobalt-decorated stoneware began, use of incised decoration, and depiction of a classic American image--the Federal eagle--make this work the ultimate representative of the early American stoneware craft. H 11 1/8".

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Anna Artistry. Outstanding Anna Pottery Figural-Decorated Stoneware Cider Cooler, Inscribed "Granger / Cider / Press / 1776," Signed and Dated "Kirkpatrick / Anna, Ill / 1877," Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, 1877. This work ranks among the most imaginative creations of the venerable Kirkpatrick brothers. Its lid, perhaps the grandest in all of 19th century American salt-glazed stoneware, depicts a portly granger figure seated atop an oversized apple, pressing its juice into a bucket. Dressed in a coat and kerchief, the granger includes remarkable sculpting to the face, displaying a humorous expression as he strains to press the apple. A crack sculpted into the side of the fruit proves that he is successful. Albany slip highlights and traces of original cold-painted decoration appear throughout the figure. The cooler itself, emblazoned with a large sign, inscribed "Granger / Cider / Press / 1776," features intricate twig-form handles, elaborate applied knots, and sponged Albany slip throughout. Believed to be unique, this cooler is yet another example of the Kirkpatricks' uncanny ability to push the utilitarian stoneware craft to new heights of expression and artistic value. H 30 1/4".

Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Double Deer and House Scene, Stamped Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Double Deer and House Scene, Stamped Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Double Deer and House Scene, Stamped

Bennington Beauty. Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Stag, Doe, and House Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT," circa 1855. Only the second example of Norton stoneware that we have offered featuring the prized "double deer" motif, this work includes generous application of cobalt slip, the design measuring 9 1/2" tall and approximately 14 1/2" in length along the curve of the vessel's front. H 11 1/2".

Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Large Cobalt Cow Decoration, Stamped

Manhattan Figural Design. Outstanding Six-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Large Cobalt Cow Decoration, Stamped "POTTERY WORKS / LITTLE WST 12TH ST. N.Y.," circa 1870. This crock's painterly rendering of a trotting cow is among the largest and most-detailed depictions of this subject known in American stoneware. The animal itself measures approximately 9 1/2" in length. H 12 3/4".

Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Peacock Decoration, Stamped

Rare Bird. Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Peacock Decoration, Stamped "WHITE'S UTICA," NY State origin, circa 1865. Arguably the finest example of stoneware that we have offered from the illustrious White family of New York State potters. H 15 3/8".

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LANDRUM. Exceedingly Rare Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Impressed "LANDRUM" on Handle, Benjamin Franklin Landrum Pottery, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, mid 19th century. The first example of stoneware bearing this stamp that we have seen. H 14".

Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed Rare and Important Double-Handled Stoneware Jug Inscribed

Maker and Form. Extremely Rare Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Inscribed "Lm / March 31, 1852 / Dave," David Drake at Lewis Miles's Stony Bluff Manufactory, Horse Creek Valley, Edgefield District, SC, 1852. This previously-undocumented work is one of a small number of double-handled jugs produced by enslaved African-American potter, David Drake. At the time of publication of Goldberg and Witkowski's Ceramics in America 2006 article, "Beneath His Magic Touch: The Dated Vessels of the African-American Slave Potter Dave," 169 dated Drake vessels were documented, only ten of which were double-handled jugs. This work features Drake's distinctive, robust potting style, incised punctates and horseshoe, and a dynamic, green-colored alkaline glaze with runs. Awareness of Drake as an artist continues to broaden as he is currently represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, "Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina." Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in the family of the consignor.

Rare Redware Dish attrib. Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD 1808Rare Redware Dish attrib. Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD 1808Rare Redware Dish attrib. Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD 1808Rare Redware Dish attrib. Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD 1808

Maryland Masterwork. Exceedingly Rare and Important Shenandoah Valley Slip-Decorated Redware Dish, Inscribed "JC / his Dish / 1808," attributed to Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD. Literature: Illustrated in Rice and Stoudt, The Shenandoah Pottery, p. 266, catalog number 1968. Provenance: George Horace Lorimer; Parke-Bernet Galleries, October 1944, Lot 361; The Shelley Pioneer Collection of Americana, Pook & Pook, April 2007, Lot 715; Crocker Farm Auction, Nov. 2, 2013, lot 505. Diam. 14 1/2".

Very Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware JarVery Rare Morgantown (WV / VA) School Redware Jar

Morgantown School Jar. Extremely Rare Ovoid Redware Jar with Three-Color Slip Tulip Decoration, attributed to Jacob Foulke, Jr., Frederick County, VA or Morgantown, VA (now WV) or Samuel Butter, Morgantown or Clarksburg, VA (now WV), late 18th or early 19th century. H 6 1/2".

Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, late 18th century.Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, late 18th century.Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, late 18th century.Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, late 18th century.Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, late 18th century.Very Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, late 18th century.

Extremely Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Tea Canister with Sgraffito Line Decoration, Southeastern PA origin, 18th or early 19th century. H 6 3/4".

Rare and Fine Temperance / Snake Jug, attrib. Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, ArkansasRare and Fine Temperance / Snake Jug, attrib. Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, ArkansasRare and Fine Temperance / Snake Jug, attrib. Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, ArkansasRare and Fine Temperance / Snake Jug, attrib. Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, ArkansasRare and Fine Temperance / Snake Jug, attrib. Jacob Bachley, Texarkana Pottery, Arkansas

Rare and Fine Copper-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Snake Jug, Anna or Texarkana Pottery, circa 1885. Delicately-potted with a bifurcated, twig-form handle and sprigged leaves molded from life, this work's brushed copper slip decoration is scarcely seen in American stoneware. Provenance: Recently surfaced in North Carolina. H 6 1/2".

Extremely Rare and Important David Parr / Baltimore, MD Stoneware FlaskExtremely Rare and Important David Parr / Baltimore, MD Stoneware FlaskExtremely Rare and Important David Parr / Baltimore, MD Stoneware FlaskExtremely Rare and Important David Parr / Baltimore, MD Stoneware FlaskExtremely Rare and Important David Parr / Baltimore, MD Stoneware FlaskExtremely Rare and Important David Parr / Baltimore, MD Stoneware Flask

David Parr. Exceedingly Rare and Important Stoneware Flask with Cobalt Signature, "David Parr / May 5 1823," Baltimore, MD, 1823. The maker of this flask, David Parr (1786-1832), was one of Baltimore's most prolific stoneware potters during the second and third decades of the 19th century. He can be credited with popularizing elaborately-brushed cobalt floral motifs in the Mid-Atlantic and South, decoration rarely seen in such profuse application until his time. This flask is the only hand-signed example of Parr's work known and was possibly made for his personal use. H 8 1/2".

Rare and Important Baltimore Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Horse and Rider DecorationRare and Important Baltimore Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Horse and Rider DecorationRare and Important Baltimore Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Horse and Rider Decoration

Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Large Cobalt Decoration of a Horse and Rider, Baltimore, MD origin, circa 1830. The only depiction of this design that we have seen produced south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. H 5 7/8Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. H 5 7/8Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. H 5 7/8Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. H 5 7/8

Exceptional Size. Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Richard C. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1875. H 5 7/8".

12-Gallon Hamilton & Jones / Greensboro, PA Stoneware Jar12-Gallon Hamilton & Jones / Greensboro, PA Stoneware Jar12-Gallon Hamilton & Jones / Greensboro, PA Stoneware Jar

Twelve-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration, Stenciled "Hamilton & Jones / Greensboro, PA," circa 1875.

Rare Six-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Seated Lion Decoration, Stamped

Iconic Rochester Design. Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Cobalt Seated Lion Decoration, Stamped "J. BURGER, JR. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.," circa 1885. H 18 3/4".

Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Large Cobalt Pheasant Decoration, Stamped

Exceptional Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Large Cobalt Pheasant Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT," circa 1855. This pheasant is the first Norton example depicted in this style that we have ever offered, featuring a wider neck and unusually-broad tail with open-centered feathers accented with horizontal dashes. The branch that the pheasant is perched on is also unusually wide and detailed, including dashed slip-trailing on its upper and lower edge. Among the finest Norton single-pheasant pieces that we have ever offered. H 13".

Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Stamped

Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Flowering Urn Decoration, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON, / BENNINGTON VT," circa 1855. H 14 3/8".

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