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A Preview of our March 23, 2019 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware

Mark takes us through some of the highlights from our Spring 2019 auction of American stoneware and redware pottery.

Extremely Rare Edgefield, South Carolina, Mustached Face Jug, mid 19th century

Mark discusses a recently-surfaced, wonderful example of Southern pottery we will be selling as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware. An extremely fine example bearing a rarely-seen mustache, this is greatest example of the form we have handled to date.

The Anna Pottery 1884 High Water Flask

Mark discusses an elaborate snake jug made by the famous Kirkpatrick Brothers at their Anna Pottery in Anna, Illinois, in 1884. Bearing wonderful inscriptions about the role of the potter and his / her relationship to the clay--not seen on other Anna vessels--this is a true masterwork and one of the finest Anna pieces we have ever handled. It will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Rare 1846 Mercer, Pennsylvania, Redware Tea Canister by Ezra White

Luke displays a great new discovery in the study of Pennsylvania redware / earthenware, a tea canister made by Ezra White in Mercer County in the northwest part of the state--and demonstrates its relationship to three other pieces that are / were part of high profile museum collections. It will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

1836 Homer, New York Stoneware Cooler for Dr. Lewis Riggs

Brandt displays an iconic example of Cortland County, New York, stoneware made by well-known potter Madison Woodruff at the shop of Chollar & Darby in 1836. Created for a prominent local doctor and later federal Congressman, this large beverage cooler will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Fantastic 1860s Pittsburgh Advertising Crock by the Boughner Family of Greensboro, PA

Mark displays a great example of southwestern Pennsylvania, made for Pittsburgh grocer, Robert Peet by the highly regarded Boughner family in the stoneware production center of Greensboro. It will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Calvin Boynton, Troy, New York Stoneware Cooler, c1820s

Luke displays a wonderful beverage cooler with incised bird decoration made by highly-regarded Albany, New York, area potter, Calvin Boynton. This great example is part of a large group of exceptional New York State stoneware being sold in our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

New York City Area Stoneware Ring Flask, Dated 1812

Brandt discusses a great new discovery in the study of early Manhattan area stoneware--a ring flask inscribed "Peter Machett / 1812." This little flask was made by the same potter who produced the iconic "Elizabeth Crane / ... 1811" punch bowl on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art--regarded by many as the greatest example of early American stoneware in existence. The Crane bowl was previously attributed to Manhattan potter, John Crolius, Jr., but as it stands, the definite identity of what was clearly one of the greatest American stoneware potters of all time remains a mystery. This important example will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

A Great Assortment of New York / New England Bird Stoneware, mid 19th century

Luke displays six examples of northeastern U.S. stoneware from our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware. All bearing different maker's marks, these pieces really demonstrate the abilities of stoneware potters during the time period to take the blank canvas of a utilitarian stoneware vessel and adorn it with a beautiful design--in these cases, with various bird scenes. These are just a small sampling of great New York / New England stoneware that is part of our upcoming sale. (Marks displayed: Ottman Bros / Fort Edward, NY; S. D. Kellogg / Whately, Mass.; Hudson, NY Pottery; J. & E. Norton / Bennington, VT; West Troy Pottery; Wm. E Warner / West Troy, New York.

Lanier Meaders, Face Jug Maker of Cleveland, Georgia

Mark displays four Lanier Meaders face jugs we will be selling in our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware and redware pottery, and uses them as a great opportunity to discuss this master folk potter of the 20th century.

Early Harrisburg, PA Stoneware by Willson and Young, circa 1850s

Brandt displays some rare early Harrisburg, Pennsylvania stoneware bearing the marks T.H. WILLSON, WILLSON'S & YOUNG, along with another stamped HARRISBURG, PA and attributable to potter, John Young. These three vessels present a rare opportunity to discuss the earliest stoneware made in the Pennsylvania capital (predating the well-known pottery of Cowden & Wilcox, for example), and will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Round Hill Pottery / Winchester Potteries Redware Vases

Mark discusses a very rare pair of large earthenware vases produced at the great 20th century pottery superintended by old Shenandoah Valley master, Thedy Fleet, in Winchester, Virginia. Among the very finest examples of Round Hill Pottery known, they will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Early Baltimore Stoneware, circa 1820s

Luke displays three fine examples of early Baltimore, Maryland, stoneware, bearing beautiful slip-trailed cobalt designs. These decorations are predecessor to designs later seen in Edgefield, South Carolina, for instance. All three are part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery, which features--as usual--a large number of fine Baltimore examples.

Early Albany, New York, Stoneware Barrel Cooler, circa 1810s

Luke displays a wonderful example of early American stoneware, made in Albany circa 1810-20, likely by the Boynton family. Bearing a great incised fish design--one of the more desirable American stoneware decorations--it will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Antique Crawford County, Georgia, Stoneware

Luke displays three examples from the extensive collection of Crawford County, GA stoneware we will be selling as part of our March 23, 2019 stoneware & redware auction.

Crawford County, Georgia Stoneware Coffee Pots, late 19th century

Luke displays two rare examples of Crawford County, GA stoneware--a coffee boiler and coffee pot, the former attributable to the prolific Becham family. These great pieces of Southern pottery will be sold as part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware.

Very Rare Philadelphia Stoneware Communal Pipe Bowl, 1885

Brandt discusses an incredibly rare form for American stoneware: a pipe bowl with two shanks, apparently made for use in a local fraternal organization. Inscribed in ink on the bottom with the name of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stoneware potter George W. Haig, and dated 1885, it is part of our March 23, 2019 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

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