AUCTION 41 – SPRING 2016

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Stoneware Redware

SW001 Eby - Conestogo

Minimum Bid: $3000

Range:$4000-6000

Sold: $3000

William Eby operated the Conestogo Pottery from 1857 until his death in 1905. He produced a wide range of wares that have become highly sought-after by collectors. Tablewares, such are sugars and creamers made by Eby have set records for prizes realized. In 2014, we sold an Eby sugar bowl for $10,000+ premiums. While that sugar bowl was rare, it is one of several known specimens. This auction we are offering a William Eby piece that is truly unique and exceptional. This creamer was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a German choral society (1846-1896). In many ways, it is unlike any other known Eby pottery. The applied slab seal in the shape of a shield is a remarkable piece of custom work and crudely rendered. The form of the creamer is different and the inside glaze, which is cream coloured, is not a known Eby type. But the main green glaze is unquestionably Eby's. See the photo that show this little (5 7/8" tall) creamer with an Eby miniature jug. The glazes are a dead match. Other clues are found in the way the base of the handle is applied and the base edge rim. The condition of this pieces is excellent. There is some minor flaking to the mouth. The largest chip is about 1/2" off the back near where the handle attaches. There are several other minor thin flakes off the mouth and the sharp base edge rim. But there is no serious damage to the piece. If you collect the very best and you want something perfectly unique - you can do no better than this exceptional dated William Eby presentation pitcher.

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SW002 Arsdale - Cornwall

Minimum Bid: $3000

Range:$4000-6000

Sold: Not

The Flack & Van Arsdale pottery in Cornwall was a massive operation in its heyday, selling wares all over Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Their mainstay products were crocks decorated with blue flowers and birds. Occasionally this pottery produced some really unusual pieces: like smoking men, soldiers, and even steam locomotives. This 5 gal jug from F&V Arsdale is one such piece. On the front, just below the stamp, is a man's face in profile. He is wearing a hat. The face is rendered in a simple fashion with a few hand-drawn lines. The image is just 2 1/2" tall, appearing tiny on this large jug. It is a mystery why the potter would have added this embellishment to the piece, especially in such a subtle fashion? Regardless, this is a one in a million crock from an important Ontario pottery. The condition is near mint. There is a section of wear mid body on the left side. Perfect lip, handle and base edge.

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SW003 Hess - Zurich

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $6400

The Huron Pottery in Egmondville (Seaforth) produced miniature jugs as souvenir pieces for special occasions. According to Newlands, these were made by Ferdinand Burgard. The Hess family were pioneers in the Zurich area. The family had several businesses, including a pottery in Zurich (not far from Egmondville). Albert Hess was born in 1901 and this little jug was likely made to commemorate his birth. The "Z" in Zurich is rendered in a strange way, but one that was not uncommon for the period. 4 1/4" tall. Near mint condition with minor flaws to the lip. There is a 1/4" hairline left side where the handle meets the lip edge. Light wear to the lip edge. Really minor stuff. A rare miniature jug in great shape, remarkable for bearing the name of a family involved in potting in this important potting centre for the province.

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SW004 Humberstone - Newton Brook

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $1550

The Humberstone family were pioneer potters in the area of Toronto. Despite the fact that they operated a successful business for a century and a half, few marked pieces are found from their operations. Fewer still are decorated pieces. Surprisingly, the small number known show a great variety of design, with no two being just alike. This S.T. Humberstone Newton Brook 2 gal butter crock bears a simple and unique floral decoration. Remarkably, this crock is mint. That is a designation we rarely give a piece of pottery. But we can find not a single thing wrong with this lovely little crock.

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SW005 W. Mc A P (Perth)

Minimum Bid: $1000

Range:$1500-2000

Sold: $1500

Normally, I list stoneware bottles in our ginger beers sections. These bottles most commonly contained ginger beer, which was a popular alcoholic drink in the mid-19th century. But I have chosen to list this bottle here, because it is an exceptional piece of stoneware. There are very few Canadian primitive stone bottles with blue decoration of any sort. Strangely, most (if not all) were used by brewers and soda makers in Eastern Ontario. The majority were made for bottlers in Perth, Ontario - which was a busy commercial and government centre in the 19th century. Most of these blue marked bottles have just a couple of initials. This particular bottle is special because it has an awful lot of blue writing. The initials are "W. McA, P". The "P" is definitely Perth, but the name of the bottler is not known. My own suspicion is that this bottle belonged to W.A. McLaren of Perth, to whom other stone bottles are known. Examples of this bottle are extremely rare. I am aware of just three, including this one. Near mint condition with a bit of underglaze rust. The other two known examples have lip damage. The initials are quite blurry, as the blue glaze ran, but I think this just gives the piece some character. Heavy saltglaze gives this one an orange peel texture. One of Canada's best stone bottles. A quart standing 10" tall.

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SW006 J.H. (Ahrens) & Co - Paris

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $600

Jacob H Ahrens is slowly being recognized among collectors as an exceptional early Canadian potter. He worked in both redware and stoneware, producing an incredible range of ware. He clearly experimented a lot with his glazes as he produced a virtual rainbow of coloured pieces. The vast majority of his surviving pieces are standard forms that were made by all contemporary potteries. This small (5 3/4") jug is a most unusual piece of Ahrens. The J.H. & Co mark is quite rare but not unknown. See Collard's Nineteenth Century Pottery & Porcelain in Canada (1967) pg. 333 for a reference to this mark. The glaze is a beautiful reddish brown with a real speckled character. Tiny pieces like this one are truly exceptional, likely made as some sort of souvenir and not a regular production piece. Near mint condition with only the tiniest imperfections to the lip edge. A exceedingly rare, beautiful and tiny piece of Ahrens pottery.

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SW007 Hudson's Bay

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1200-1500

Sold: Not

This auction we are pleased to offer three quite different Hudson's Bay crocks. This 1 gal butter crock bears the standard HB Co trademark that was not specific to any one location; these were likely supplied to many of their stores. Crocks with this mark are rare and seldom seen. George Chopping pictures three jugs in his Bottles of the Canadian Prairies, but no other forms. This is a sweet little crock with a great rendering of the HB Co stamp. I believe the lid is original to the piece as it fits like a puzzle requiring just the right position. Near mint with a 1/2" base edge chip front edge. Hard to say which pottery produced these. Having spoken to Red Wing experts, this is not a Red Wing crock. It is therefore almonst certainly an early Medalta Potteries piece.

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SW008 HB Co - Nelson

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $800

This one gal Hudson's Bay Co Nelson BC jug is one of the earliest HB Co marked crocks, likely dating from 1880-90. Near mint condition a bit of stain. A rare iconic piece in great shape!

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SW009 HB Co - Nelson

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $1050

A rare 1/2 gal size Hudson's Bay Company jug from Nelson BC. Last year, we sold a similar two gal jug in a two tone glaze. A crudely made piece with many in-manufacturing imperfections. 1/2" flake off the handle left side. Large potstone and a 1/2" flake off the sharp shoulder. Other sm flakes off the shoulder. Several base edge separation marks. Sounds rough but I suspect this is how the piece was made. Certainly a product of the Redwing Pottery.

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SW010 Warner & Co - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $800

William Warner established his stoneware pottery in Toronto in 1856 and operated until 1863. He was a skilled decorator and one of my personal favourites. He used both brush and slip cup decorating techniques. I am partial to the later. His slip cup work is bold and often abstract. The design on this 3 gal crock is one of the very best I have seen. Mint condition.

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SW011 Russell - Fredericton

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $400

The decorated stoneware from Atlantic Canada is unlike any other Canadian ware. One reason for this is the fact that much of it was made by US potteries. This J.A. Russell Fredericton crock is a perfect and beautiful example of this cross border trade. This 2 gal crock bears the incised mark of the Ottman Bros Pottery of Fort Edward NY. This pottery operated under this name for only one year, 1867-8. Blue script decorated crocks are quite common in the US, but very rare in Canada. In fact, the crocks made for J.A. Russell of Fredericton are the exception to the rule, if not unique in Canada. Excellent condition. Some flaking to the sharp mouth edge. 1/2" chip rear at handle and several other sm flakes. 1" hairline body right front. Very clean piece.

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SW012 Tetterly - Morrisburg

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $600

The Flack & Van Arsdale pottery in Cornwall decorated many of their wares with an attractive bird design. Merchant marked crocks with this design are scarce. This 4 gal butter crock was made for John Tetterly, Lock St, Morrisburg. Overall excellent condition. 7" hairline crack rear that forks at the top. Some minor underglaze stain rear. Three base edge separation marks, the largest being 1 1/2". Perfect rim, handles and base edge. The damage to this piece is minor and hidden. A beautiful crock with a great form and decoration.

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SW013 1836 Redware Dish

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $550

This small (4 3/4") redware dish is a bit of a mystery. It was found in a Quebec collection, but it is unlikely to be a Quebec piece. Dated on the base: September 11 1836. There appears to be an initial, possibly a stylized "D" left of the date. When I first saw this crock, I thought it might be a Kulp piece from Grimsby. But having compared the writing style on known Kulp pieces, I do not see any ressemblance. Jacob Bock of Waterloo is another possibility. To my eye, the writing style on this piece looks more like the writing on signed Bock pieces. The known dated Bock pieces bear dates from the 1820s, but he potted into the 1850s. That being said, there are only (to my knowledge) four signed Bock crocks. I am not making a solid attribution to either Ontario potter. Too few pieces are known to make any such claim. But I believe it is possible this crock was made by Bock. Regardless, its early age is self evident. The condition is relatively poor, but not surprising given the age and fragility of this piece. A hole has been drilled in the base, presumably to turn it into a sm flower pot. There is a 3" tight hairline down from the rim. The rim and base edge have numerous flakes. Despite the damage, the piece is intact and solid. Should it be proved to be an early Ontario piece of redware, it would be one of the earliest dated pieces.

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SW014 Skinner - Picton

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $600

A beautiful 3 gal cream crock from Skinner & Co Picton. The "P.O" stands for "Province of Ontario". A pretty and well executed design that is not common for this pottery. Dead mint condition. It has been smartly pointed out to me that Skinner closed shop in 1864, so it is very unlikely the "P.O." stands for Prov of Ont. Webster speculates it stands for "Post Office", which I find strange. After years of using "CW" for "Canada West", they suddenly started using the post office as a reference point? The buyer can make his or her mind up on the subject.

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SW015 Beattie - Campbellville

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $450

A 6 gal butter crock from M. Beattie Campbellville. A Welding Brandford-made crock with an attractive floral design. Near mint condition with only minor imperfections. Attractive big crock that rings like a bell!

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SW016 St. Johns Stoneware

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $500

In the 1860s, the Farrar potters in St. Johns Quebec sold their wares under the name of the St. Johns Stoneware Co. This is a relatively scarce mark. A 1 gal jug with a pretty example of the Farrar floral design. The piece has some character with a bit of a tip to the mouth. This piece is in wonderful condition with only minor imperfections and a bit of underglaze stain. You seldom see decorated 1 gal crocks from this company in such fine condition.

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SW017 McDonald - Pictou

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $220

A sweet little 1/2 gal jug from J.S. McDonald, Front Street, Pictou NS. Near mint condition with only minor imperfections.

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SW018 Stott - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A tall 1 gal crock from James Stott of St. Johns Newfoundland. 6" crack down the left side body. Otherwise very clean and the damage does not show from the front. A scarce NF crock.

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SW019 McDonald - Charlottetown

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A rare and early 1 gal marked A. McDonald, Leith House, CH Town PEI. Terrific off-set handle. They did not spare the blue for the lettering, instead dripping some around both front and back. 6" crack front coming up from the base. Otherwise a very clean piece. One of the best PEI jugs I have seen.

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SW020 Arsdale - Cornwall

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $300

A beautiful 2 gal Flack & Van Arsdale butter crock with a scarce bird design. You do not see this bird with the shortened beak too often. A great form, size and decoration. Excellent condition. 1/2" chip off the rim front. 4" crossed hairline cracks in the base that are really minor.

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SW021 McIntyre & Comeau - St. John

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: $100

A nice 1/2 gal jug from McIntyre & Comeau St. John NB. Not marked but this is certainly a Foley Potteries jug. There was a sm hole on the back near the base drilled for a lamp cord. We had this professionally restored and the repair is perfect.

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