Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830

March 19, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 362

Price Realized: $18,400.00
($16,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

March 19, 2016 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Moravian Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830, molded in the form of a bear standing atop a slain pig on an oval base. Applied tail and ears to bear. Molded details to bear's face and incised paws. This example includes excellent molding and hand-incised detail to the pig, including a curled tail and delicately-incised hair along the spine. Surface covered in a mottled lead-and-manganese glaze with darker coloration to the bear and lighter areas to the base. A difficult-to-find Southern figural form, this example is believed to be the first of its kind to come to auction since our January 30, 2010 sale. Literature: Illustrated in Brown, "Tradition and Adaptation in Moravian Press-Molded Earthenware", Ceramics in America, 2009, fig. 25. A chip to nose. Chips to ears. Two chips and a minor nick to bottom edge. Typical surface wear. H 6 1/2".


Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830Very Rare Glazed Redware Bear Bottle, attributed to Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, circa 1810-1830

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