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Spring 2021 Stoneware & Redware Auction Gallery Tour

Mark takes us through our Spring 2021 Auction of American Stoneware, which features 473 lots of antique pottery and is held online / remote-only from March 26th to April 9th.

Highly Important 1806 BOSTON Stoneware Jar for Elizabeth Tarbell

Luke discusses an incredible example of early American stoneware, the 1806 "Mrs Elesebeth Tarbell" jar. Made in Charlestown, Massachusetts, at the shop overseen by Frederick Carpenter, it features an extremely elaborate incised floral design on one side and incised bird on the other. Made as a gift for Elizabeth Tarbell, part of the Tarbell family of Massachusetts potters, this jar is heavily-related, for instance, to the iconic "Elizabeth Crane" punch bowl in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.

Iconic New York Stoneware Jug with Wonderful Incised Figural Design

Mark displays a legendary example of American stoneware, once owned by famous New York City folk art collector, Barry Cohen. Bearing the incised design of a man looking backwards between his legs, the jug has a long exhibition and publication history, which includes its display at Williamsburg's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in 1975, as well as its appearance in Sumpter Priddy's 2004 American Fancy and USA Today in 1990. Attributable to William Capron's Albany, NY pottery (circa 1800-1805), it will sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar by the Enslaved Potter, Harry

Mark displays a very important new discovery in the study of American ceramics--a stoneware jar made at the important Pottersville Stoneware Manufactory and inscribed "Harry," for one of its enslaved potters. A contemporary of the famous enslaved potter, Dave (David Drake), Harry is well-documented as one of Pottersville's "turners" circa 1839-1843. This highly-important vessel will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

1851 Stoneware Jar by the Enslaved Potter, Dave (David Drake)

Mark displays a stoneware jar made by the enslaved potter Dave in Edgefield District, South Carolina, on August 5, 1851. This fine work by one of America's most revered potters will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Monumental 50-Gallon Stoneware George Washington Jug Cooler

Mark discusses an awe-inspiring piece of American stoneware we will be selling as part of our Spring 2021 auction: a gigantic fifty-gallon beverage cooler bearing a wonderful rendering of George Washington.

Antique American Flag Crock, Syracuse, NY area, 1858-1859

Luke displays a great example of Americana: a stoneware jar bearing an elaborate 32-star American flag, stamped with the maker's mark Joseph Shepard, Jr. in Geddes (now Syracuse), New York.

Norwalk, Connecticut, Redware Political Pottery

Mark displays two important examples of redware made in Norwalk, Connecticut, both bearing presidential names: a platter inscribed "John Adams" and probably dating to the time of his presidency in the 1790's, and a charger inscribed "Jackson," probably dating to the late 1820's or so. American redware is rarely as steeped in history as these two objects, which will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction.

Antique Alabama Stoneware Face Jug

Mark discusses a great new discovery in Southern pottery: an elaborate face vessel made in Alabama, one of the finest examples of stoneware from that state ever to come to auction.

Antique Rochester, New York, Stoneware Lion Cooler

Mark discusses a beautifully-decorated example of stoneware attributable to the stoneware potters of Rochester, New York, bearing the slip-trailed design of a lion. This great folk art object will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Solomon Loy, Alamance County, NC Redware Bowl, c1825-1840

Luke displays a beautifully-glazed example of redware attributed to master potter Solomon Loy, who worked in Alamance County, North Carolina.

Finely-Incised Early Manhattan Stoneware Jar, probably Crolius Family

Luke discusses a remarkable new discovery from the beloved early New York City stoneware potters, a small open-handled jar bearing incised bird designs and an elaborate floral decoration, all in the familiar style of the Crolius family.

Antique American Stoneware Jug with Very Elaborate Incised Deer Scene

Luke displays a profusely-decorated example of northeastern American stoneware, bearing the incised design of a deer, smoking man, and other elaborate decorations. This wonderful folk art object will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Stoneware Pig Bottles by Anna Pottery (Anna, Illinois) and Henry Thomas (Louisville, Kentucky)

Mark displays four very fine examples of 19th century American pig flasks: three made by at the Kirkpatrick Bros.' famous Anna Pottery (one of which bears very rare Georgia advertising) and one rare related example by Henry Thomas in Louisville.

Edgefield District, South Carolina Stoneware by Nathaniel Ramey, Robert Mathis and John Presley

Luke shows three extremely rare examples of Edgefield District, SC stoneware, made at the shops of Nathaniel Ramey (Pottersville, circa 1839); Robert Mathis (Pottersville, circa 1835); and John Presley (Kirksey's Crossroads, circa 1840). Along with many other fine examples of Edgefield stoneware, these will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

David Morgan Stoneware Jar from Late 18th / Early 19th Century Manhattan

Luke discusses what is perhaps the finest jar in existence by mysterious New York City stoneware potter, David Morgan. Marked with the earlier of his two maker's marks (D. MORGAN / N. YORK), it's being sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware and redware pottery.

Stoneware Oyster Jars by African-American Potter Thomas Commeraw, late 18th / early 19th century

Mark discusses two historically-important examples of early American stoneware, made at the Lower East Side pottery of free African American Thomas W. Commeraw--near modern Corlears Hook park. Impressed with the names of African-American oystermen Daniel Johnson and George White, these jars will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

John Bell / Waynesboro, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Victor C. Bell

Luke discusses an important example of Bell family pottery from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, inscribed by master potter John Bell's son, Victor Conrad Bell, for an itinerant potter working at their shop. The manganese-decorated redware jar is part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

South Carolina Dispensary Jug attributed to J.G. Baynham, Trenton, SC

Luke discusses a rare example of alkaline-glazed stoneware from the famous production center of Edgefield District, South Carolina--a jug stamped "S.C. DISPENSARY" and attributed to J.G. Baynham.

Thompson Harrington (Lyons, New York) Stoneware Starface Churn, circa 1860

Luke shows a beautifully-decorated six-gallon stoneware churn stamped "T. HARRINGTON / LYONS" for the prolific potter, Thompson Harrington, who worked in Lyons, New York. Bearing a particularly-fine rendering of his well-known "starface" design, it will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware.

Nathan Clark, Lyons, New York, Incised Bird Jar, Dated 1827

Luke displays a very fine example of the work of important New York State stoneware potter, Nathan Clark. Bearing a wonderful incised bird design and 1827 date, it's part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Gurdon Robbins Stoneware Jug - Earliest North Carolina Maker's Mark, 1819-20

Luke displays an extremely rare example of North Carolina stoneware, bearing the earliest identifiable maker's mark from that state: "Gurdon Robins & Co. / Fayetteville." It will be sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Antique Philadelphia Stoneware Puzzle Mug

Luke displays an extremely rare form for antique American stoneware: a Philadelphia puzzle mug attributable to prolific potter Richard C. Remmey.

Large Early 19th Century Philadelphia Redware Loaf Dish

Luke shows a great, large-sized redware loaf dish with yellow slip decoration, made in Philadelphia in or about the early 19th century.

Monumental Cowden & Wilcox (Harrisburg, PA) Stoneware Cooler w/ Grapes Design

Luke discusses the largest jug-shaped object we have seen from the beloved Cowden & Wilcox pottery: a five-gallon cooler probably made to serve to wine from, and adorned with an elaborate version of their popular grapes decoration.

Early Baltimore, MD Stoneware with Rare Maker's Marks

Luke displays three really rare examples of Baltimore stoneware bearing the marks of Baltimore Union Stone Ware Manufactory (1808-1810); Hugh R. Marshall (circa 1822); and Earnest & Cowles (the merchant-owned pottery of George Earnest and Wesley Cowles, this example made circa 1830). All three are being sold as part of our Spring 2021 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

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