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PAIR OF THREE SOCKET TIN WALL CANDLE HOLDERS, with fancy edge crimping and punched tin tulip design, 8.75" X 11.75".

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $100-300

Price Realized: $1,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


19TH CENTURY REDWARE PLATE, yellow slip glaze with "Samuel" in center, 12" diameter,  2.5" deep.

Condition: Flat chip on edge, overall wear consistent with age and use.

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $2,100 (Does not include buyer's premium)


BLUE DECORATED STONEWARE CROCK, H. C. SMITH / ALEXA/ D.C., rare form elongated crock - circa 830'S - with exceptional cobalt decoration, 4 gallon with tab handles, 15".

Condition: Hairline crack at bottom with some chipping.

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $2,900 (Does not include buyer's premium)




BLUE DECORATED STONEWARE JUG, John Bell, Waynesboro, 3 gallon ovoid jug dated 1863.

Condition: Large repaired crack.

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $200-500

Price Realized: $2,800 (Does not include buyer's premium)


REDWARE SLIP DECORATED PIE PLATE, 3 color slip decorated flower in pot pie plate, southeast Pennsylvania, - Ex. Shel Silverstein, 1987, 8.5". 

Condition: some wear to edges.

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $4,100 (Does not include buyer's premium)


EARLY 19TH CENTURY BLUE PAINTED CUPBOARD, Bergen County, New Jersey cupboard with shoe feet, 2 doors, with HL hinges, 3 sections, 42.5" X 17" X 75."

Condition: top section molding is replaced.

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $1,000-3,000

Price Realized: $6,250 (Does not include buyer's premium)


BLUE ON BLUE JACQUARD COVERLET, DATED 1839 - Bregen County, New Jersey, - D&EE - with trees, hearts, eagles, urns, and rooster borders, found onsite in Heinsville, New Jersey 1984,  95" X 74."

Condition: overall wear from age and use.

Sold at the Lifetime Collection of C. Burton Culver, Hartzell's Auction October 7, 2017.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $3,100 (Does not include buyer's premium)


LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY WROUGHT IRON HEARTH CRANE, crank action height adjustment with arrow finial support beam. 64"h. (including base) x 36.5"w.

Condition: Good with rust and pitting.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $1,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINT DECORATED SOFTWOOD MINIATURE DOWER CHEST, molded lid, interior walnut till, wrought iron strap hinges with penny ends, dovetailed case and molded bracket base with spurs. Original black on red decoration. 12.5"h. x 19"w. x 12"d.

Condition: Good with minor wear.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $3,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


STIEGEL TYPE POLYCHROME ENAMEL DECORATED COLORLESS GLASS COLOGNE BOTTLE, polychrome love birds, floral and foliate decoration. 8"h.

Condition: Very good with minor wear and losses to enameling.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $100-300

Price Realized: $850 (Does not include buyer's premium)


STIEGEL TYPE POLYCHROME ENAMEL DECORATED COLORLESS GLASS COLOGNE BOTTLE, polychrome Gent in Colonial attire, floral and foliate decoration. 6.5"h.

Condition: Very good with minor wear and losses to enameling.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $100-300

Price Realized: $550 (Does not include buyer's premium)


BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA UNICORN AND LION DECORATED SOFTWOOD DOWER CHEST, Circa. Late 18th/early 19th century. Front having arched panels, center panel having rampant unicorns under tulips flanked by rampant lions under crowns. Side panels with potted flowers. Molded lid, Interior till, wrought iron strap hinges with penny ends, missing wrought iron jaw lock, dovetailed case and molded bracket base. 25"h. x 53"w. x 24"d.

Condition: Good with wear and losses, mostly on lid.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $10,500 (Does not include buyer's premium)


MILLBACH, LEBANON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA WALNUT KAS, Circa. third quarter 18th Century. Broken arch pediment with central shell carved plinth flanked by scrolling ogee molded cornice. Above a block and triangle dentil molding, central raised panel, flanked by doors with shaped brass key escutcheons, supported by wrought iron rat-tail hinges, pronounced plain quarter columns with molded stiles. Interior with original shelves and peg hooks secured by rose-head nails, paneled sides, molded base and turned onion feet. All of the raised panels on this schrank has shaped cut corners indigenous to the Millbach area. 96"h. x 72"w. x 23"d.

Condition: Very good with minor wear and losses.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $10,000-20,000

Price Realized: $40,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


EXTREMELY FINE DAUPHIN/LEBANON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINT DECORATED DOWER CHEST, Central front panel inscribed "CADRINA/HEMPERLY/1832". Lid having two oval panels with stamped floret design. Front having arched panels with Compass star, tulip and stamped floret decoration and diamond border. Molded lid Interior till with secret compartment, wrought iron strap hinges with penny ends, wrought iron jaw lock with wrigglework decoration, dovetailed case and molded bracket base. For a similar example see "The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest" by Monroe H. Fabian (2004) page 174, photo 177. 25"h. x 53"w. x 24"d.

Condition: Very good, with minor wear.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $21,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


BETHEL TOWNSHIP, LEBANON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINT DECORATED SOFTWOOD DOWER CHEST, Circa. 1805-1810. Decorated with arched panels with stylized floral motifs. Molded lid, Interior till, wrought iron strap hinges with tulip ends, wrought iron wriggle-work decorated jaw lock, dovetailed case and molded base with bracket feet. For a similar example see "The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest" by Monroe H. Fabian (2004) pages 170 and 209, photos 169 and 238 a and b. 23.5"h. x 50"w. x 22.25"d.

Condition: Good with wear and losses, mostly on lid. Interior has been painted robin egg blue.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $5,750 (Does not include buyer's premium)


PENNSYLVANIA MID 18TH CENTURY PINE TRESTLE TABLE, three board top, shaped supports, mortise and tennon beaded and molded stretcher base with shoe feet. 30"h. x 33-1'w. x 80.5"l.

Condition: Good with wear, minor losses and age cracks.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $9,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CHIPPENDALE WALNUT VINE AND BERRY INLAID DOWER CHEST, signed "Magdalena Krall" (Elizabeth Township, Circa. 1780-1790). Molded lid, interior till, wrought iron shaped strap hinges and shaped wrought iron key escutcheon. Dovetailed case with mixed wood vine, berry and foliate inlay, three split lower lip molded dovetailed drawers and step molded base with turned onion feet. Base and feet are not original.

Condition: Good with wear and minor losses.

Sold at The House of Miller at Millbach by Conestoga Auctions October 28, 2017. 

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $7,250 (Does not include buyer's premium)


SUNFLOWER CHEST, having lift top over sunflower carved panels flanked by turned applied ornaments over two long drawers with molded fronts and applied ornaments, all set on plain legs, oak and hard pin, attributed to Peter Blin, Wethersfield, Connecticut circa 1703/04 written under top, ht. 38.75in., wd. 45in., dp. 19.75in., top: 22" x 48" 

Provenance: Israel and Elizabeth (Kimberly) Foote of Colchester, CT by her given to her daughter Mary Foote who married Nathaniel Otis of Colchester, then of New London, CT. Then inherited by his niece Mary Huntington of New London, CT. It was inherited by Lucy Abigail Brainard of Hartford who gave it to her niece Lucy Morgan Brainard of Hartford, CT. Lucy Morgan Brainard is the daughter of Leverette and Mary Jerusha (Bulkley) Brainard of Hartford, CT. He is the son of Amaziah and Huldah Foote Brainard of Westchester, CT and she was the daughter of Israel and Elizabeth (Kimberly) Foote of Colchester, CT, they were great grandparents of Lucy Morgan Branard. More recently from the Olcott Smith Family.

Mentioned in C.H.S. Bulletin, Volume 35, No. 3, July 1970, page 75

Sold at Nadeau's Auction Gallery October 21, 2017.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Price Realized: $27,000 (Does not include buyer's premium)


RARE AND IMPORTANT REDWARE SUGAR JAR, with Three-Color Slip Decoration, Alamance County, NC origin, circa 1790-1820, highly-ovoid jar with footed base, vertically-flanged rim, and horizontal strap handles, decorated around the midsection with slip-trailed cross and fleur-de-lis motifs in manganese and cream-colored slip, surrounded by rectangular manganese-slip borders, interspersed with vertical wavy trails of copper slip. Jar is further decorated below this design with alternating straight and wavy bands of copper and manganese slip, as well as above with geometric motifs girded between bands of copper, manganese, and cream-colored slip. Each handle is finely-decorated with a manganese cross, accented with copper and manganese spots, the terminals additionally decorated with vertical manganese stripes flanking alternating spots of copper and manganese. This extravagantly-decorated jar required over two-hundred individual trails and spots of slip to produce, and ranks among the finest examples of North Carolina slipware to come to auction in years. Its use of a cross and fleur-de-lis design, as discussed by Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton in their Ceramics in America 2010 article, "Slipware of the St. Asaph's Tradition", is rarely-found on sugar jars from this region; this local design is more commonly found on early Alamance County dishes as well as later products by Solomon Loy. This jar is additionally noteworthy in its form, being one of only two sugar jars with vertically-flanged rims known at the time of the publication of the Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton article.

Provenance: Christie's, The John Gordon Collection of Folk Americana, Jan. 15, 1999, Lot 298.

Exhibited: Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware, Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Chipstone Foundation, Caxambas Foundation, September 2, 2010 to September 1, 2013. Literature: Illustrated in fig. 72, p. 57 of Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton, "Slipware from the St. Asaph's Tradition", Ceramics in America 2010.

Condition: Chips (two small ones reglued into place along the rim flange on one side) and wear to rim, light wear to handles, some surface wear to midsection and interior, all typical of slipware pieces of this age and origin. H 10.5".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $59,000


RARE AND IMPORTANT SLIP DECORATED REDWARE DISH, Alamance County, NC origin, circa 1800-1835, with semi-squared rim and dramatically-flared wall, the interior decorated in manganese and cream-colored slip with pyramidal grape cluster or seed pod motifs surrounded by alternating straight and wavy slip-trailed lines. Rim area profusely-decorated with additional grape cluster or seed pod motifs, interspersed with vertically-slip-trailed stripes. Rim edged in a final band of cream-colored slip. A wonderfully-decorated example from a highly-prized Southern ceramic school.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired by the consignor from John Bivins, Jr.

Literature: Illustrated in fig. 50, pg. 46 of Beckerdite, Brown, and Carnes-McNaughton, "Slipware from the St. Asaph's Tradition", Ceramics in America 2010.

Condition: Very nice overall condition for an example of Southern slipware, with wear to interior and rim including some losses to slip. H 1.875" ; Diameter 10.875".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $15,340


VERY RARE MORAVIAN REDWARE LADY BOTTLE, with Tortoiseshell Glaze, Salem, NC origin, circa 1806-1830, molded bottle in the form of a standing woman holding a bouquet of flowers, the surface dipped in yellowish slip, decorated with wavy vertical lines of manganese sponging and streaks of copper throughout, the entire surface coated in a clear lead glaze. Old blue and red coloring to eyes and lips. The copper glaze application to the figure's head, neck, and chest area is unusual, as the majority of surviving lady bottles use a lighter base clay or slip coating to mimic the natural color of human skin. A highly-prized Southern ceramic form with wonderful glaze treatment.

Condition: Typical wear, including some wear to head and opening of bottle, heavy wear to nose, and a small chip to underside at edge. The majority of the glazed surface survives in excellent condition with strong luster. H 6.625".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $14,160


EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND IMPORTANT STONEWARE JUG, with Profuse Impressed Drape-and-Tassel Decoration, Thomas Commeraw, Manhattan, NY, circa 1805, skillfully-potted, rotund jug with rounded foot, heavily-tooled spout, and ribbed handle, the shoulder impressed with the cobalt-highlighted maker's mark, "N. YORK / COMMERAWS STONEWARE / CORLEARS / HOOK", including an impressed and cobalt-highlighted drape-and-tassel motif surrounding the words, "COMMERAWS STONEWARE". An additional decorative stamp, unknown in Commeraw's work, flanks the impressed words. Rectangular in form with a scalloped edge, this stamp appears to be a drape-like embellishment or perhaps a horizontal flower blossom. Additional cobalt highlights appear within the maker's mark and accent the handle terminals. This jug is one of a very few examples known with the words, "COMMERAWS STONEWARE", impressed in a single line. As the jug assumes a wider, more ovoid shape than Commeraw's typical jugs, it appears that the piece was potted with this longer signature in mind. In addition, the decoration is significantly more elaborate than that found on most examples of Commeraw's stoneware. An anomaly in Commeraw's work is additionally noted in the reversed "N" in the impression "N. YORK". One of the most striking aspects of this jug is its color. Its fine, light-gray clay, bright cobalt slip, and uniform glaze, indicate a potter whose skill may have rivaled that of his contemporaries on Pot Baker's Hill, Clarkson Crolius, Sr. and John Remmey III. Indeed, variety of characteristics of this jug suggest it was made early in the production of Commeraw's stamp-decorated ware, possibly to advertise the quality of his work. Commeraw has gained notoriety in recent years as Brandt Zipp has discovered the potter's African ancestry. This information distinguishes Commeraw as one of the earliest African-American master craftsmen to operate his own establishment in the United States. Recognition of Commeraw continues to spread. In February 2016, pieces of his pottery were on display at the White House in conjunction with the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The Chipstone Foundation is currently presenting an exhibit at the Constance and Dudley Godfrey American Art Wing in the Art Milwaukee Museum, entitled "The Dave Project: Exploring African-American Material Culture", in which Edgefield slave potter, David Drake, and several other African-American artisans are represented. Thomas Commeraw is among those featured, his display including a painting by artist, Mutope J. Johnson (b. 1954), depicting the potter with a wagon of his stoneware, including two jugs decorated in the manner of this example. Despite recent, rising interest in Commeraw, we feel an appreciation for the importance of this potter and his work has yet to be fully realized in museum and collecting circles. In-the-firing dry section to top of spout along with a few small, smooth chips to top of spout near handle, all of which were caused by a kiln stacker during the firing.

Condition: 2" shallow chip to side of jug, also probably in-the-firing. Glazed-over, in-the-firing spidering hairlines at base. 5" hairline to shoulder on right side of jug. H 14.75".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $17,700


EXCEPTIONAL FIVE-GALLON STONEWARE JAR, with Profuse Bird-and-Floral Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865, large-sized, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, applied lug handles, and semi-squared rim, decorated with a large brushed design of a songbird perched in a branch, completely surrounded by heavily-detailed leaves, two types of flowers, and various radiating strokes and flourishes. Brushed cobalt highlights to maker's mark, capacity mark, and handle terminals. This jar features an unusual decorative technique of profusely-applying cobalt around the hollow outline of a bird, thereby making the negative space of the figure stand out to the viewer. The design, one of a select few of its type known on Harrisburg, PA stoneware, is closely-related to that seen on a three-gallon Cowden & Wilcox jug, sold in Crocker Farm, Inc.'s, July 18, 2015 auction, although the jar's brushwork rivals the jug's in decorative quality and profusion of application. Similar, more-stylized examples of this treatment can also be seen in the "ghost bird" motifs of New York State stoneware. Featuring an impressive 10 1/2" by 10 1/2" design replete with Cowden & Wilcox motifs, this jar ranks among the most artistically-decorated pieces of Harrisburg stoneware to ever come to auction.

Condition: Excellent condition with a minor 1.5" line from rim on side of jar, the reverse side with some light staining and a brownish-colored salt drip. H 15".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $27,140


EXCEPTIONAL ONE-GALLON STONEWARE BATTER PAIL, with Cobalt Open-Centered Grapes Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865, ovoid form with tubular pouring spout, handle at base on reverse, and applied clay ears holding a wood-and-wire bail handle. Front decorated with a very rare design of grape clusters hanging from a vine with three groups of leaves. This motif, in which the grapes are depicted with hollow centers accented with a single curved line, is highly unusual for this maker, even rarer on this form. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark, ears, and handle terminals.

Condition: Includes reproduction tin covers. Heavy chipping to end of spout. A few hairlines to spout. Some fry to cobalt. Wear to ears created from wire handle. A 1.5" hairline from rim descending from a small chip. A minor chip to handle at base on reverse. A small iron ping to underside. H 7.75".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $5,605


EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND IMPORTANT THREE-GALLON STONEWARE PITCHER, with Incised Bird and Floral Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr. or Jr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1825, large-sized, ovoid pitcher with heavily-tooled rim and unusual heavy tooling above the footed base, the front decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted design of a bird with turned head, perched on a flowering branch. The style and quality of design is indicative of the work of New-York-trained potters, Henry Remmey, Sr. and his son, Henry Harrison Remmey. The reverse features brushed graduated blossoms emanating from the base of the handle. A large band of brushed cobalt encompasses the rim and additional cobalt brushwork highlights the handle terminals. Typical Remmey incised treatments are visible in the fine, short-stroked feather details to the bird and the elaborate veining to the leaves. Of interesting note are the curled tips of the leaves, uncommon in the Remmeys' work, yet consistent with the level of refinement seen in their best Baltimore products. The Remmeys' oeuvre in this city includes a number of outstanding pieces with extravagant incising and beautiful color, which has led many to view their production here as the zenith of the American stoneware craft. This example includes an unusual elaboration on a classic Remmey motif in the form of a second branch extending to the bird's left. This second branch, while adding size and decorative appeal to the design, also creates a sense of life or action to the image, as the bird appears to be feeding on its blossom. The visual power of the decoration is further compounded by the brilliance of the cobalt and the size of design, measuring roughly 12" long by 8.25" tall. This pitcher is believed to be the largest incised bird pitcher known by any member of the Remmey family, active circa 1730 to 1900 within the cities of New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. While difficult to determine, it may also be the largest incised bird pitcher known in all of American stoneware production. A related work of somewhat smaller size is on display at the William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

Condition: Two tight lines on underside, connecting to a series of tight lines at base. Additionally, two lines extend off from the series of lines at the base toward to midsection of the pitcher, stopping below the right side of the decoration. A restored rim chip. Handle reattached, visible as one restored crack in lower handle terminal and near upper handle terminal. A minor, in-the-firing nick to spout, which is glazed over. A minor chip to underside at pitcher's bottom edge. H 15.75".

Sold at Crocker Farm October 28, 2017.

Price Realized: $23,600


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