March 24, 2018 Auction Featured Photos

Exceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face JugExceptional Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face Jug

Fantastic Face. Rare and Important Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Edgefield, SC origin, circa 1850-1870. This recently-discovered work features a heavy, olive-colored alkaline glaze, numerous delicately-carved kaolin teeth, and kaolin eyes set deep behind applied eyelids. Though the face follows the gritted-tooth style of South Carolina's Edgefield District, its more-subdued expression, featuring a slightly-opened mouth, is unusual. The height and girth of the jug are noteworthy (standing 7 1/4" tall and approximately 20" in circumference) as is the refined sculpting of the nose. H 7 1/4".

Outstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationOutstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationOutstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationOutstanding 4 Gal. Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip Decoration

Southern Slip Decoration. Rare and Important Four-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Two-Color Slip Floral Decoration, attributed to Collin Rhodes, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1850. This jar is noteworthy in its lavish application on iron-oxide and kaolin slip in the form of two different floral motifs, extending nearly top-to-bottom on the front and reverse. The visual appeal of the jar is compounded by its highly ovoid form. Four incised slash marks appear under one handle. Arguably the most strikingly-decorated example of alkaline-glazed stoneware that we have ever offered. H 13 1/2".

Exceptional Western PA Jug. One-Quart Stoneware Jug with Profuse Cobalt Swag Decoration, Inscribed "N. Sandusky", probably New Geneva, PA origin, circa 1880. Remarkable in its size and profuse brushwork, this jug may have been made for a family relative by John Sandusky, a potter listed in the 1880 Federal Census as living in Fayette County, PA. A second potter, Norris Sandusky, consistent with the inscription, "N. Sandusky", is listed in the 1880 Federal Census as a potter living in Harrison County, WV. Moreover, as this jug was recently discovered in Kentucky, it may have been made in Western Pennsylvania for one of the many Sanduskys living in that state during the second half of the 19th century. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in Kentucky. H 7 3/4".

Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.Very Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion, circa 1880.

Important Anna Figural Form. Extremely Rare Cobalt-and-Manganese-Decorated Stoneware Figure of a Lion on Base, attributed to Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, Anna, IL, circa 1880. Colorful blue, purple, and brown slip decoration throughout, with rare applied leaf border to base. Literature: For related examples, see Mathis, The Family, Kilns, & Stoneware of Kirkpatrick, p. 205, fig. 102. L 5 1/4" ; W 3 5/8" ; H 3 3/8".

Exceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip DecorationExceptional 7 Gal. Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC Stoneware Jar with Two-Color Slip Decoration

Monumental Seven-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Two-Color Slip Decoration, probably Thomas Chandler, Phoenix Factory, Edgefield District, SC, circa 1840. This jar features drape-and-daisy motifs closely related to those found on Thomas Morgan stoneware products of Baltimore, MD, the city of Chandler's apprenticeship. Its bold slip-trailed and brushed decoration is complemented by an elegant, thin-walled form with narrow base, consistent with Chandler's fine craftsmanship. H 17".

Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890

Rare and Very Fine Multi-Glazed Redware Vase, attributed to S. Bell & Son or J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA, circa 1890. Exceptional color and condition, with beautiful marbling to the glaze, likely inspired by the Winchester, VA master potter, Anthony Bacher. H 7 5/8".

Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875.

Western PA Rarity. Exceptional Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Meat Tenderizer, Western PA origin, circa 1875. Featuring a highly unusual impressed star-and-diamond decoration and axe-head form, this tenderizer is one of the finest examples that we have seen in 19th century American stoneware production. L 4 7/8" ; H 3 1/2".

Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840Exceptional 5 Gal. JCM Stoneware Jar, related to Daniel Seagle, Catawba Valley, NC, c1840

Rare Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J.CM", attributed to Daniel Seagle, Vale, NC, circa 1840.

For years, collectors and historians of Catawba Valley stoneware have been searching for the identity of the elusive maker of early, highly refined pieces marked “JCM”. It has been recently postulated that master potter Daniel Seagle, patriarch of the “Seagle school” of potters, made these wares for John Michal (b.about 1793, d.1844) and/or his father Johann Conrad Michal, members of a prominent local family. This attribution, made by North Carolina collectors and historians Tom and Lana Kleeberg, originated with their discovery of an early Seagle-style jar commemorating a special occasion and inscribed “The Day after election 1837, JCM”. Subsequent research showed John Michal was elected Clerk of Superior Court of Lincoln County, North Carolina in a special off-year election in 1837. John Michal and his father Johann Conrad Michal also appeared to own interests in one or more mercantile businesses in Lincolnton, the county seat where John Michal served his public office and largest town near Seagle’s pottery, and in nearby Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Documented interactions between members of the Seagle and Michal families were found to be numerous, including their adjacent signatures on church rolls, marriage documents, etc. Both families’ ancestry had recently migrated from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area in the last quarter of the 18th century and it is not unreasonable to assume their ties went back several generations. Finally, almost all extant JCM marked wares exhibit forms and glazes virtually identical to Seagle’s style, something very difficult to duplicate by another potter. Cumulative evidence would indicate that JCM is therefore a merchant’s mark, not a potter’s initials, and that Daniel Seagle likely produced the wares for the Michal family who had close business and personal ties to the Seagles.

Provenance: Purchased at a local auction thirty years ago near Hickory, North Carolina.

Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed

Very Rare Pint-Sized Stoneware Presentation Pitcher with Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Inscribed "Cyrus Deem 1878", West Virginia origin, 1878. This pitcher, of appealing size and form, was made for a farmer named Cyrus Deem, listed in the 1880 Federal Census as living in Wood County, West Virginia. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA. H 5 1/4".

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "A & W BOUGHNER", Greensboro, PA, circa 1855. Unusual early-period form, decoration, and maker's mark. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA.

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped

Rare and Fine Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Freehand Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "BOUGHNER / GREENSBORO / PA", circa 1865. Provenance: Collection of Lorren Lambert, Staunton, VA.

Very Rare Cold-Painted Face Jug with Large BrowVery Rare Cold-Painted Face Jug with Large BrowVery Rare Cold-Painted Face Jug with Large Brow

Rare Painted Stoneware Face Jug with Bail Handle, North Wilkesboro, NC origin, circa 1925. A small cache of painted face jugs of this style were discovered in the 1990s, made by a Mr. Nelson in North Wilkesboro, NC in the 1920s. This example is perhaps the finest by this maker that we have ever offered, featuring a highly-unusual wide-mouthed spout and stylized forehead reminiscent of 19th century face vessels. H 12".

Very Fine 2 Gal. J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT Stoneware Lidded Jar with Dog Decoration

Bennington Lion. Striking Two-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Slip-Trailed Cobalt Lion Scene, Stamped "J. & E. NORTON / BENNINGTON, VT", circa 1855. This jar features an unusual lion variant with narrower, dog-like head, but including the typical mane and hair-tipped tail. Excellent in all respects. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which recently surfaced in New England. H 11 1/2".

Very Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed DecorationsVery Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed DecorationsVery Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed DecorationsVery Rare Thomas Commeraw COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decorations

Early Commeraw. Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Drape-and-Tassel Decoration, Stamped "COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK", Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, circa 1800. This important work by the African-American potter, Thomas Commeraw, features an elusive stamp, "COERLEARS HOOK / N. YORK", used during his earliest period of stoneware manufacture. (This is an alternative spelling from the more commonly-seen, later “CORLEARS HOOK.”) This mark, when found, is most typically seen on pieces with freehand incised decoration; the fact that this jar features Commeraw's early stamp with his later drape-and-tassel motif suggests that it was made during a short window between his use of freehand and impressed designs, circa 1800. Coupled with the early-period mark is fine combing to the shoulder and exceptional color to the jar, both also indicative of his earlier, finer work. An important example by this beloved early African-American craftsman.

Unusual COMMERAWS / STONEWARE 1 Gal. Jar, Manhattan, early 19th centuryUnusual COMMERAWS / STONEWARE 1 Gal. Jar, Manhattan, early 19th centuryUnusual COMMERAWS / STONEWARE 1 Gal. Jar, Manhattan, early 19th century

Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Impressed Decoration, Stamped "COMMERAWS / STONEWARE", Thomas Commeraw, Corlears Hook, Manhattan, NY, early 19th century. Exceptional cylindrical form.

Very Fine 2 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird DecorationVery Fine 2 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird DecorationVery Fine 2 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird DecorationVery Fine 2 Gal. Manhattan Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Incised Bird Decoration

Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Pheasant Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, early 19th century. The curvaceous lines of this pheasant create an appealing folk art image. One of the best among the small body of extant Manhattan incised pheasant jugs.

Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800Very Fine 3 Gal. Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird Decoration, Manhattan, circa 1800

Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Incised Bird-on-Branch Decoration, Manhattan, NY origin, early 19th century.

2 Gal. J. C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Rooster Decoration2 Gal. J. C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Rooster Decoration2 Gal. J. C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY Stoneware Jug with Elaborate Rooster Decoration

Rare Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jug with Stenciled Rooster Motif, Stamped "J.C. WAELDE / NORTH BAY", New York State origin, circa 1860.

4 Gal. G. A. & J. E. MCCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY Stoneware Churn with Stenciled EAGLE POTTERY Eagle4 Gal. G. A. & J. E. MCCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY Stoneware Churn with Stenciled EAGLE POTTERY Eagle4 Gal. G. A. & J. E. MCCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY Stoneware Churn with Stenciled EAGLE POTTERY Eagle

Kentucky Eagle. Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Stenciled Cobalt Eagle Decoration, Stenciled "G.A. & J.E. McCARTHEY / MAYSVILLE, KY." and "Eagle Pottery", James Hamilton & Co., Greensboro, PA, circa 1870.

Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed, Outstanding Alabama Stoneware Face Jug Inscribed,

Amorous Alabama Face Vessel. Very Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Incised "I Love you", attributed to the Ham Family, Perry County, Alabama, late 19th or early 20th century. This recently-discovered work features china-plate eyes and teeth, an incised mustache and goatee, as well as the highly unusual inscription, "I Love you", suggesting it was made as a gift for the potter's sweetheart. The color of the jug's salt-glazed surface and its inscribed front, relate it to an important double-handled face jug, inscribed "Drink my blood / J.C. Ham", which was made by Jesse Calvin Ham (1870-1933) in Perry County, Alabama. The handwriting style and modeling of the face on the "I love you" jug are different than the aforementioned signed work, suggesting it may have been made by one of Jesse's several potter brothers, the sons of Ham pottery patriarch, Robert Solomon "Sol" Ham (1848-1912). Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered in Florida. H 8 3/4".

Very Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware JugVery Fine CJB, Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford Co, GA Double-Handled Stoneware Jug

Fine Four-Gallon Double-Handled Stoneware Jug with Alkaline Glaze, Stamped "CJB", Columbus Jackson Becham, Crawford County, GA, late 19th or early 20th century. Provenance: A recently-surfaced example, found in Georgia. H 16".

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