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OUTSTANDING SOUTHERN PAINTED HARD PINE PIE SAFE, early 19th c., with punched tin panels with tulip, philphlot, and star designs, retaining an old red, green, and yellow surface, 45.5" h., 49" w.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $6,600


ENGLISH PAINTED FRUITWOOD PUMPKIN FORM TEA CADDY, early 19th c., 5" h.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $300-400

Price Realized: $5,166


BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA INK AND WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR CHRISTIAN FLUCK, b. 1796, with red and yellow tulips and birds, 8" x 12.5".

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $2,337


CONNECTICUT CHIPPENDALE CHERRY SECRETARY DESK, ca. 1775, the upper section with a broken arch, above raised panel doors, flanked by fluted pilasters and quarter columns, enclosing a fitted interior with a fall front writing surface, over a three drawer base supported by ogee bracket feet, 81" h., 39" w.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD; Joe Kindig & Son.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $3,000-5,500

Price Realized: $9,000


MINIATURE BLUE AND PURPLE RAINBOW SPATTER CUP AND SAUCER.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $2,040


MINIATURE BLUE SPATTER CUP AND SAUCER WITH YELLOW TULIP DECORATION.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $3,120


RED AND YELLOW RAINBOW SPATTER BULL'S EYE CUP AND SAUCER.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $400-800

Price Realized: $2,040


BOSTON QUEEN ANNE BURL WALNUT VENEER DRESSING TABLE, ca. 1760, with a shell carved drawer and cabriole legs, terminating in pad feet, 29.5" h., 33.75" w.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD; Israel Sack.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000

Price Realized: $11,400


NEW ENGLAND PAINTED PINE CHEST, ca. 1820, retaining its original vibrant grain and sponge decorated surface, with stenciled gilt highlights, 38" h., 40.75" w.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $2,880


UNUSUAL RED, GREEN, AND BLUE SPONGE SPATTER COVERED SUGAR, 19th c., with fort decoration, 3.75" h.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized: $2,130


UNUSUAL SPATTER COVERED SUGAR WITH A RED AND BLUE RAINBOW RIM AND BIRD VARIANT ON BODY, 4.5" h.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $3,120


BLUE SPATTER PITCHER WITH SCHOOLHOUSE DECORATION, 9.375" h.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $400-800

Price Realized: $3,600


GREEN PEAFOWL SPATTER, TO INCLUDE TWO SAUCERS, A CUP AND SAUCER, A CHILD'S MUG, A CREAMER, AND A MUG, inscribed Anne.

Provenance: The Estate of Louis G. and Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore, MD.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $2,400


CONNECTICUT PAINTED PINE SCHOOLMASTER'S DESK, 19th c., retaining a pristine original blue surface, 49.75" h., 34" w.

Provenance: The Dianne Goldman Collection of Americana and Folk Art, Fairfield, Connecticut; Lewis Scraton Antiques.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $7,800


ASSEMBLED SET OF NINE QUEEN ANNE PAINTED RUSH SEAT DINING CHAIRS, 18th c., to include one armchair and eight side chairs.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $5,040


PENNSYLVANIA PINE TAVERN TABLE, 18th c., 28" h., 41" w., 27.5" d.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $2,880


PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE ARCHITECTURAL DOWER CHEST, ca. 1780, retaining its original decoration with two floral panels on a red ground, above three green drawers supported by splayed bracket feet, 28" h., 50.5" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $7,800


SOUTHERN FEDERAL WALNUT CELLARETTE, ca. 1810, the interior with dividers, 31" h., 23.25" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $2,880


PENNSYLVANIA WALNUT TWO-PART CORNER CUPBOARD, late 18th c., retaining its original rattail hinges, 89.5" h., 45" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $5,904


AMERICAN WILLIAM & MARY MAPLE AND OAK CORNER CHAIR, mid 18th c., retaining an old Spanish brown surface.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $400-700

Price Realized: $2,040


ELABORATE CONTINENTAL WROUGHT IRON WAX JACK, late 18th c., the engraved decoration with a brass finial and snaked handle terminal above a platform base with modified acorn feet, 8.25" h.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $2,160


NEW JERSEY OR NEW YORK CARVED CHERRY SPOON RACK, late 18th c., with chip carved pinwheel and sawtooth decoration, 24" h., 8.75" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000

Price Realized: $16,000


NEW ENGLAND PAINTED PINE TWO-TIER HANGING WALL BOX, early 19th c., retaining an old red surface, 20" h., 13.75" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $2,400


PENNSYLVANIA LOWBACK WINDSOR CHAIR, ca. 1780, retaining an old Spanish brown surface over several earlier layers.

Provenance: The Collection of Frank and Sue Watkins, Richmond, Virginia.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $2,600




SET OF TWELVE NEW ENGLAND PAINTED SHERATON FANCY CHAIRS, ca. 1825, each retaining its original light blue surface, with crests decorated with maritime scenes.

Provenance: Northeast Auctions.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000

Price Realized: $5,040


MASSACHUSETTS CARVED AND PAINTED PINE PANTRY BOX, attributed to William Graves Sampson (1822-1879) of Newburyport, the lid with a series of hearts and pinwheels on a blue ground, the underside with an early typed label identifying the maker, 3" h., 7.875" w.

Provenance: Northeast Auctions.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $5,520


CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS STONEWARE CROCK, 19th c., impressed Edmands & Co., with cobalt stag decoration, 9.375" h.

Provenance: Sotheby’s, Important Americana, January 16th-19th, 2003, lot 679.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $4,560


JOHN HARRIS, COLOR ENGRAVED NEW MAP OF THE ENGLISH EMPIRE IN AMERICA, sold by Morden and Brown, 20" x 23.75".

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $7,380


PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE DOWER CHEST, dated 1806, inscribed Susana Schweickerti, the front decorated with a central heart flanked by astragal panels, 22.75" h., 48" w.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $3,840


SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA INK AND WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR, early 19th c., of an owl perched atop a stack of books, 4.375" x 2.625". A similar example was sold at Sotheby’s Visual Grace: The Collection of Ralph Esmerian, January 25th, 2014, lot 678.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $14,400


MID-ATLANTIC PAINTED PINE RAISED PANEL CUPBOARD, ca. 1770, retaining an old scrubbed blue green surface with ivory panels, 40.25" h., 43" w.

Provenance: Northeast Auctions, August 5th, 2000, from the collection of Virginia Ramsey-Pope Cave, previously owned by Stephen Score.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $18,000


IMPORTANT LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED POPLAR ARCHITECTURAL DOWER CHEST, dated 1795, the front adorned with three arched panels with potted tulips, flanked by molded pilasters, above three drawers supported by ogee bracket feet, 27.75" h., 47.75" w. Sold at Sotheby’s, January 18th, 2002, The Palley Collection, lot 927.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $90,000-120,000

Price Realized: $108,000


ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID CORDIER, (SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, ACTIVE 1814-1819), INK AND WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR FOR CHRISTINA ULRICH, with central script surrounded by faces, birds, and tulips, 6 3/4" x 8". This is an exceedingly rare example by this artist. We have only sold one other, October 8th 2004, The Pioneer Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Shelley, Lot 35. Accompanying this lot is a later ink bookplate made for her husband Zachariah Allbaugh in Dayton Ohio, dated 1825, 7.75" x 8".

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $16,800


PENNSYLVANIA REDWARE PIE PLATE, 19th c., attributed to Diehl pottery, with yellow, green, and brown slip tulip decoration, 7.75" diameter.

Provenance: Pook & Pook, Inc., October 27th, 2012, the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Flack, lot 143.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $14,400


NEW ENGLAND PAINTED PINE SAILOR'S GAMEBOARD, inscribed Presented to B. A. Merrill by his Father July 12th 1857, the front adorned with a central checkerboard flanked by American flags, the reverse with a large relief carved ship, 12.25" x 21".

Provenance: Northeast Auctions, August 5th, 2000, from the collection of Virginia Ramsey-Pope Cave, previously from the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s, January 1997, lot 1531.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $48,000


IMPORTANT SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VIRGINIA PAINTED HARD PINE SUGAR CHEST, 19th c., retaining its original vibrant blue surface, the underside of lid inscribed James C. Foltz Lantz Mill Shenandoah C V, the fall front inscribed Charles Fodley, 26.25" h., 26.25" w. James Foltz operated a distillery in the small hamlet of Lantz Roller Mill.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $6,000-10,000

Price Realized: $15,600






WILLIAM BIRCH THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA NORTH AMERICA AS IT APPEARED IN THE YEAR 1800, published by William Birch, December 31st 1800, consisting of a frontispiece, a map, and twenty-six plates drawn by Birch and his son and engraved by W. Barker, on laid and wove paper, the frontispiece with calligraphy inscription John Morison Montgomery County Abington Township Pennsylvania Augt. 1801. William Russell Birch (1755-1834) was the first person to successfully publish engraved view books in the United States. Among the 156 original subscribers to the work were Gilbert Stuart and Thomas Jefferson who kept his copy in Washington and then Monticello until he sold it to help form the Library of Congress. There are not many copies of this book extant with few known still in private hands. The last public sale of a copy was Pook & Pook, Inc., January 14th, 2011, lot 337.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $24,000


PHILADELPHIA CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE, ca. 1765, the thumb molded top overhanging a case with one long and three short drawers, the center example with shell and tassels, above a fully carved apron supported by cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet, 32" h., 35" w.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $21,600


ELIZABETH DIETERLY (BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, CA. 1820), WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR PRESENTATION PIECE, of a bird perched on a tulip branch, 4" x 3.625".

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $2,880


HEREFORD TOWNSHIP ARTIST (BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, EARLY 19TH C.), INK AND WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR BOOKPLATE, dated 1824, for Julianna Miller, 6.5" x 3.75".

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $2,280


BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY PAINTED GUMWOOD KAS, 18th c., retaining an old ochre grain decorated surface, 78.5" h., 59" w.

Provenance: Purchased from the Bond House in Saddle River, New Jersey, the homestead of the Van Buskirk family who were the first settlers of Saddle River. The kas is believed to be original to the home and Van Buskirk family.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $10,800


PENNSYLVANIA SACKBACK WINDSOR CHAIR, ca. 1790, probably Lancaster, retaining an old red surface with gold pin striping.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $5,280


PAINTED PINE TWO-PART STEPBACK CUPBARD,  late 18th c., retaining a scrubbed blue surface, 77.5" h., 48.75" w.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $2,400


RARE BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED WALNUT STRETCHER BASE TAVERN TABLE, ca. 1760, the oblong top with battened ends secured to the base with internal cleats, the base with a central drawer flanked by two small utensil drawers, all supported by boldly baluster turned legs, joined by molded outside stretchers, all resting on ball feet, 29" h., 60" w., 33" d. The table is unusual in that it retains an excellent old blue painted surface.

Provenance: Charles Heffner, Reading, Pennsylvania; James and Nancy Glazer, 1998; James Spears, author of House of Derr.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $12,000-15,000

Price Realized: $16,800


PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN PAINTED PINE DOWER CHEST, dated 1786, with overall blue sponged decoration, the front with two ivory panels with pots of flowers, bearing the date 1786, the ends decorated with vibrant rampant lions and tulip buds, all resting on straight bracket feet, 18" h., 48" w., 17" d.

Provenance: James and Nancy Glazer.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $19,200


LARGE ENGLISH POTTERY LOVING CUP, dated 1768, with a flaring rim, scalloped handles, overall black glazing, and white slip initials, the reverse decorated in the same manner with an amusing drop of the lower lobe of the figure eight, 7" h.

Provenance: Jonathan Horne Antiques Limited.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $4,000-5,000

Price Realized: $8,400


PAINTED PINE HANGING CUPBOARD, late 18th c., retaining its original polychrome surface, 26.75" h., 22" w.

Sold at Pook and Pook October 8, 2016.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $4,080


COWDEN & WILCOX, HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA MAN-IN-THE-MOON COBALT BLUE SLIP DECORATED THREE GALLON STONEWARE CROCK. Molded lip, bulbous body and ear handles. 11.25"h.

Condition: Very good with minor wear.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $2,500-3,500

Price Realized: $12,100


VERY FINE JONAS WEBER PAINTED PINE TRINKET BOX DATED 1850. (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1810-1876). Dark blue ground with Polychrome floral and foliate motifs on top and sides. Fine White, orange and red 2.5 story house flanked by trees on a rolling foreground. Beaded edge lid with wire hinges and tin hasp. Case with pegged construction and molded base with carved and applied feet. 4.75"h. x 7.5"w. x 4.25"d.

Condition: Very good, all original with only minor wear. Great even oxidation, outstanding example of a Weber box.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Price Realized: $49,610


JONAS WEBER PAINTED PINE TRINKET BOX, (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1810-1876). Dark blue ground with Polychrome floral and foliate motifs on top and sides. Blue, black and orange 2.5 story house flanked by trees on a rolling foreground. Beaded edge lid with wire hinges and tin hasp. Case with pegged construction and molded base. 3.375"h. x 6.25"w. x 3.75"d.

Condition: Good with Darkened surface, originally had carved feet.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $4,840


PETER DERR IRON BOX LOCK DOOR HARDWARE. (Berks County, Pennsylvania 1793-1868). Signed "P.D." on top of both handles. Box measures 3.5"h. x 5,375"w.

Provenance: Breininger Estate, Robesonia, PA.

Condition: Good with light rust and pitting.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $3,509


EXTREMELY RARE PETER DERR SINGLE SHOT VEST PISTOL, (Berks County, Pennsylvania 1793-1868). Stamped "P.D." on left side of hammer. 25 caliber center fire with spur trigger and walnut bird's head grip. Probably one of a kind, 4-1/4"l. overall.

Provenance: Ex-Robert Merritt Jr. Estate.

Condition: Good with wear and scattered pitting.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $7,260


LATE 18TH CENTURY HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK GUMWOOD KAS, retaining an old red vanished finish. Bold cornice, raid panel doors, interior shelves, applied molded styles, full width lower dovetailed drawer, molded base with onion feet. 73.75"h. x 67.5"w. x 24.5"d.

Condition: Good with wear and some restoration.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $3,146


PENNSYLVANIA MID 19TH CENTURY PRIMITIVE SOFTWOOD JELLY CUPBOARD WITH ORIGINAL BLUE PAINT, Single plank top with beaded molding, two split dovetailed drawers, single sunken paneled door and arched cut-out feet. 48"h. x 42"w. x 21"d.

Condition: Fair to good with wear, age cracks and losses.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions October 1, 2016

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $3,509


EXCEPTIONAL AND IMPORTANT FOUR-GALLON PRESENTATION STONEWARE JUG WITH EXUBERANT COBALT DECORATION OF A LEAPING FROG, Inscribed "Frank Prouty", Stamped "NEW YORK STONEWARE CO. / FORT EDWARD, N.Y.", circa 1875, cylindrical jug with tooled spout, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a leaping, swell-bodied frog with raised front legs and heavily-striped body, the scene accented with a stylized riverbank below. The large slip-trailed name, "Frank Prouty", appears to the left and right, formed out of scalloped trails of rippled water, created by the splash of the frog. Cobalt highlights accent the maker's mark and capacity mark. This outstanding work, in its striking figural decoration, vibrant color, and folk art aesthetic, epitomizes the New York State stoneware craft of the period. The decoration is imposing, covering most of the jug's front, extending onto the sides, and measuring approximately 13.5" tall by 10.5" wide. The frog itself stands and impressive 10" tall. The name, Frank Prouty, refers to the son of George Prouty, a potter active at the New York Stoneware Company, circa 1870-1880. Both the 1870 and 1880 federal census schedules show George Prouty living in Fort Edward with his son, Frank, born about 1864. Based on a known dated example, the style of the maker's mark seen on this jug was employed by the proprietors of the New York Stoneware Company, George Satterlee and Michael Mory, circa 1875--meaning that Frank Prouty was about eleven years old at the time of its manufacture. The idea that this jug was made for the son of a potter adds to its charm and appeal. Unlike coin banks and other whimsies made for the children of potters, this jug, due to its large size, would not serve as a child's toy. Instead, it seems to be a sort of display piece made by George celebrating his son. The choice in subject matter possibly connects to one of the common pastimes of boyhood: catching frogs. The significance of this jug was recognized early on, in a landmark exhibit curated by Steven N. Collins, entiled "Decorated Stoneware: The Art of the American Folk Potter", which was held at the State University College at New Paltz in 1974. Today, the event is regarded as one of the first art gallery exhibits in America dedicated entirely to American stoneware. Among loaned pieces for the exhibit were famous works from the John Paul Remensnyder collection as well as the iconic Paul Cushman churn with incised cat-churning-butter and fish-suckling-a-cow motifs. In esteemed company, the frog jug was chosen for the cover photo for the catalog. A review of this exhibit in the Oct. 6, 1974 edition of the Poughkeepsie Journal describes the jug as follows: "Among the most charming, and the one Collins selected for the cover of his exhibit brochure, shows a jumping frog surrounded by cloud-like curlicues which actually spell the. . . name, Frank Prouty". This jug easily ranks as one of the great figural-decorated works to come to auction in the past two decades, one which survives in sublime condition and carries an impeccable provenance, exhibition, and publication history.

Provenance: Sotheby's, American Folk Art and Furniture formerly in the Collection of Daphne Farago, sold for the Benefit of the Rhode Island School of Design, New York, February, 2, 1991, Lot 1206;

John Bihler and Henry Coger, Ashley Falls, Massachusetts;

Boyce Collection, Conventry, Connecticut; Nathan Liverant & Son, Colchester, Connecticut.

Exhibitions: Decorated Stoneware: The Art of the American Folk Potter; College Art Gallery, State University College, New Paltz, New York; Sept. 22 to Oct. 13, 1974, illustrated on cover of exhibition catalog; Americana from the Daphne Farago Collection; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, 1985, Sept. 27 - Nov. 17, 1985, illustrated on frontispiece and p. 54, fig. 40.

Literature: Illustrated in Pottery Works: Potteries of New York State's Capital District and Upper Hudson Region, Broderick and Bouck, Fairleigh Dickson University Press, London and Toronto, 1995, p. 152. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 17.5".

Sold at Crocker Farm Auctions October 22, 2016.

Price Realized: $74,750


OUTSTANDING TWO-GALLON STONEWARE JUG WITH EXUBERANT COBALT ROOSTER DECORATION, Stamped "GEDDES, N.Y.", William H. Farrar, Geddes, NY, third quarter 19th century, cylindrical jug with semi-rounded spout, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a rooster with striped body, spotted neck, and cobalt-filled comb, wattle, and wing. Bird is standing upon a tapered object with wavy line and spot decoration and foliate accents, possibly representing a nest, urn, or stump. Brushed cobalt "2" to shoulder. Brushed cobalt highlight to maker's mark. A wonderful figural decoration in terms of detail, size, and color. This example typifies the highly expressive, folk art quality of Farrar's best bird motifs. Easily one of the finest rooster-decorated examples of American stoneware we have ever offered.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a thirty-five year Midwestern collection. Excellent condition with some minor surface wear, a 1" surface line at base, and a .5" surface chip near the base, probably in-the-firing. H 14.25".

Sold at Crocker Farm Auctions October 22, 2016.

Price Realized: $19,550


EXCEPTIONAL FOUR-GALLON STONEWARE JAR WITH COBALT PEACOCK DECORATION, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder, flared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a slip-trailed design of a crested peacock with long tail displaying circular eyes, perched on a leafy branch. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark, capacity mark, and handle terminals. The peacock motif is considered one of the rarest and most desirable bird designs employed at the Cowden & Wilcox Pottery. The decoration on this example features scarce application with a slip cup, creating a design that is crisp, bold, and dark. One of the finest Harrisburg bird decorations we have ever offered.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, which descended in a Philadelphia area family. A 2" restored rim chip on front. Two adjacent reglued pieces to rim on reverse, measuring a total of 3.5". Additional shallow chipping throughout rim. Typical wear to inner rim where a lid would rest. A base chip on reverse. A minor, 2" vertical line at base on side of jar. H 13.5".

Sold at Crocker Farm Auctions October 22, 2016.

Price Realized: $9,775




EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT COBALT DECORATED STONEWARE PITCHER WITH PEOPLE DECORATION, attributed to David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1860, ovoid pitcher with tooled midsection, tall collar, and tapered rim molding, decorated with brushed people motifs on two sides. One side features three women, one with train descending from her head, another clutching a hat and wearing a large head covering, and a third holding a parasol. In typical Morgantown fashion, the decoration features layering of the cobalt slip, which creates darker-colored aprons on two of the women. The decoration is surrounded by an unusual, oval-shaped border composed of sponged cobalt slip. The collar is decorated above with freehand stems superimposed over lighter cobalt bands. The reverse side of the pitcher features a hatted man holding a rifle, standing between two trees. Above this design, the collar is decorated with abstract cobalt sponging surrounded by a sponged chainlink border. Additional sponging decorates the pitcher's rim. The use of differently-styled women designs is unusual and appears to highlight a sampling of the various female figural motifs employed at the Thompson Pottery. Typically, pieces decorated with multiple women depict them in a more homogeneous fashion. Very few Morgantown people-decorated pitchers are known and this example is one of the rarest works from this highly-important West Virginia stoneware manufactory we have ever offered.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a thirty-five year Midwestern collection. Missing handle. An in-the-firing contact mark to front. A 2" hairline from spout and a small chip on interior of spout. H 10".

Sold at Crocker Farm Auctions October 22, 2016.

Price Realized: $10,925






EXTREMELY RARE THREE-GALLON STONEWARE JAR WITH ELABORATE COGGLED TOWN SCENE, Molded Handles, and Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Stamped "MORGANTOWN POTTERY", Thompson Family, Morgantown, WV, circa 1855-1860, semi-ovoid jar with flattened rim and molded lug handles featuring a stylized fan or shell motif, the shoulder decorated with an intricate coggled design of a town scene depicting two houses, a row of fencing, and a tree. Front of jar decorated with a cobalt hanging leaf motif. Reverse decorated with a leaning plant design. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals. Front of jar impressed with the extremely rare maker's mark, "MORGANTOWN POTTERY", below a three-gallon capacity mark. This important jar likely predates the Thompsons' major period of "people crock" production, as indicated by the color, style of foliate decoration, and elusive maker's mark. It is the first example we have offered bearing the "MORGANTOWN POTTERY" stamp. A Y-shaped hairline on underside, connecting to a Y-shaped crack at base. Some shallow chipping and light wear to left handle. Two chips to opposite handle. H 13".

Sold at Crocker Farm Auctions October 22, 2016.

Price Realized: $10,925


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