Thompson Harrington, Lyons, NY Slip-Trailed Bird Churn, circa 1860

Mark discusses an extremely fine example of the work of prolific New York State stoneware potter, Thompson Harrington. A five-gallon churn bearing the detailed, painstakingly executed decoration of a bird, it's part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Spring 2022 Stoneware & Redware Auction: Gallery Tour

Mark takes us through the gallery to display and discuss our Spring 2022 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery. (Online only, 500+ lots, running March 25 - April 8.)

Absalom Bixler, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Flowerpot: READY FOR A CATCH

Mark displays one of the most beautiful and significant examples of Pennsylvania redware we have ever handled: a flowerpot bearing an applied cat and bird scene, made by renowned potter Absalom Bixler for his wife, Sarah, in the middle of the nineteenth century. This outstanding example of American ceramic folk art will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Edgefield District, South Carolina Face Jug, Lewis Miles Stony Bluff Manufactory, circa 1860

Mark displays one of the best Edgefield District face jugs we have ever handled, related to the work of renowned stoneware potter David Drake. It will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Monumental William Moyer, Harrisburg, PA Pedestal Water Cooler, 1858-1860

Brandt discusses the finest example of Harrisburg stoneware we have ever handled, a beautiful water cooler by William Moyer; it will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Philadelphia Redware Anti-Slavery Charger, early 19th century

Mark discusses a highly important example of Philadelphia redware we will be selling as part of our Spring 2022 auction: a charger inscribed with the abolitionist slogan, "Remember him that is in bonds." Rooted in the long tradition of anti-slavery ceramics being made in England beginning in the late 18th century, this is only the second piece of American redware known bearing an abolitionist inscription--in this case, based on Hebrews 13:3, which reads, "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them ... ." Few early American ceramic objects are infused with such historical significance.

Central Pennsylvania Redware Preacher and the Bear Figure, 1853-76

Mark displays one of the greatest figural examples of antique American redware we have ever handled, a large figure of a preacher encountering a bear by John H. Parker of Greenwood Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. This iconic object is part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Important David Drake Silent Period Stoneware Jar, 1845

Mark discusses a highly important example of work by the renowned enslaved (and later free) African-American stoneware potter of Edgefield District, South Carolina, David Drake. The only known surviving object from Drake's extended "Silent Period," during which he was apparently forbidden to write upon his vessels, this historically significant vessel is part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Anna Pottery Snake Jug (Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, Illinois), circa 1875

Mark discusses a very fine temperance jug with applied snakes, frogs and human figures "trapped" inside the jug, made by the renowned Kirkpatrick Brothers of Anna, Illinois at their Anna Pottery. This high-level ceramic folk art object will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

J. Remmey / Manhattan Wells / New York 1806 Stoneware Wine Jug for James Votey

Brandt discusses the most important surviving work of the prolific early Manhattan stoneware potter, John Remmey III. It will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, Virginia, Spaniel Figure, 1882-1895

Mark displays an extremely high-level example of Shenandoah Valley pottery, a beautifully glazed and elaborately decorated redware spaniel made by Polk Bell at the prolific shop of his father Samuel Bell in Strasburg. One of best examples by the Strasburg Bell family that we have ever handled, it will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

J. & E. Norton (Bennington, VT) Stoneware Deer Jug with Rare Cherry Valley, NY Advertising

Brandt displays a beautiful example of rare advertising stoneware by the renowned Norton family of Bennington, Vermont. Decorated with a vibrant standing deer scene, this jug also bears rare, elaborate advertising for a Cherry Valley, New York merchant. This great New England stoneware object is part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

1796 Redware Vase by Chester County, PA Abolitionist Potter Thomas Vickers

Mark displays a highly historically significant object made by a potter known for his anti-slavery activism and recognized for physically helping rescue numerous people from slavery: Thomas Vickers. A beautifully glazed redware vase made to commemorate the 1796 birth of Ann Miller, it will be sold as part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Morgantown, West Virginia, People Crock, circa 1865

Brandt displays an excellent work by the renowned Thompson family of stoneware potters of Morgantown, West Virginia. One of their well-known people crocks, it bears both the design of a woman and a crane: two signature decorations that do not appear together on any other known examples. This great ceramic folk art object is part of our Spring 2022 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

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