AUCTION 40 – FALL 2015

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Stoneware

SW001 Brantford Stoneware Bird

Minimum Bid: $2000

Range:$3000-4000

Sold: $2650

Crocks decorated with birds were popular in 19th century Canada, so it is curious that not all potters made them. Stranger still is the fact that designs seem to have come and gone, even in the same potting centres. A succession of potters made Brantford one of the main potting centres in Canada, yet birds are rare on Brantford-made stoneware. Some of the most beautiful birds were made during the period when Franklin P Goold owned the pottery. His birds are rare and highly sought-after. Most collectors think Goold was the only Brantford potter who had a bird design, because the only other type is rarer still. This bird crock was made by the Brantford Stoneware MFG Co (1894-1905). In all my travels, I have seen only three, including this one. And this one is the best I have seen. This crock is not pictured in either Webster's or Newland's books. An impressive 8 gal butter crock with a positively immense design with a flower and a bird. The bird is most unusual for having some incised elements to the design. You will note the eye, beak, and wing are all incised. Incised decorations are rare on Canadian stoneware and are almost exclusively found on Brantford pieces. The condition of this crock is excellent with no repairs or restoration. There is a clean tight hairline 7" long down the right side. The crock is solid and still rings true. Perfect rim, handles and base edge. A gorgeous glaze with lots of character. One of Brantford's best!

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SW002 Farrar - St Johns LC

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2000-2500

Sold: $2350

The first stoneware pottery in Canada was established by Moses Farrar in St. Johns Lower Canada in 1839. No other stoneware pottery existed for ten years, making Moses Farrar the only stoneware potter operating before 1841, when the Act of Union created Canada West and Canada East. Pieces from this earliest Farrar pottery are exceedingly rare. This is the first we have ever offered. Marked Moses Farrar, St. Johns LC. The form of this crock is unusual. It is either an odd shaped cream crock or possibly a pharmacy piece. I have seen about a dozen LC marked pieces over the years with most being handled ovoid jugs. This is the only one known in this unusual form. 2 gal size. 11 1/2" tall. The left handle and two small rim flakes have been professionally restored. An important Lower Canada piece from Canada's first stoneware potter.

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SW003 Humberstone - Newton Brook

Minimum Bid: $1500

Range:$2000-2500

Sold: $3000

The Humberstone family of potters played an important role in the history of pottery in Canada. Through successive generations, the Humberstones made pottery in Newton Brook, today a part of Greater Toronto. Despite a fair sized operation, very few marked pieces of Humberstone pottery exist in collections. It would seem the Humberstones marked very little of their ware. Rarer still are decorated pieces. This crock is marked S.T. (Simon Thomas) Humberstone - Newtonbrook. It is a 6 gal butter crock. The most remarkable thing about this crock is the decoration. The flowers appear to be done in brown slip, instead of the usual cobalt blue. It is possible the slip mixture was off or something happened in the firing to change the colour, but there is not a hint of blue in the design. Note in this same sale we have a piece of brown slip covered Humberstone pottery, so they did use a brown glaze. We rarely list a piece of stoneware as mint, but this crock is perfect. There is a bit of calcium (hard water) staining, but no damage. Rings like a bell! Decorated Humberstone pieces are extremely rare. This one with the brown flowers is unique.

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SW004 Morton & Goold - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1200-1500

Sold: $900

Justus Morton established the first pottery in Brantford in 1849. The pottery he started would continue in business for over fifty years in various forms. In February 1859, Morton leased back his old pottery and entered into a short-lived partnership with Franklin Goold. The partnership was dissolved that same year. Pieces marked Morton & Goold are exceedingly rare. This 5 gal jug is one of only a handful I have seen. This jug had a large secton of the mouth missing. We had it professionally restored. The handle is original and in perfect condition. There is some fine glaze cracking and related staining to the body, particularly towards the bottom and the rear. Morton & Goold crocks rarely come to market. This is one of the best we have seen and the first we have offered.

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SW005 Redware Harvest Ring

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1200-1500

Sold: Not

This redware harvest ring was found in SW Ontario and has a glaze that is typical of redware commonly found in the region. Note the dark flecks on a reddish brown base. While a clear attribution to a specific potter cannot be made, we are confident this is Ontario redware. The form is unusual with the ring flask mounted on a turned pedestal. There are only a handful of Ontario redware harvest rings known with this one being the only example with a footed base. A small piece just under 8" tall. This piece was apparently broken on the shalf between the base and the rim and reattached. The pieces came back together well and the join is hard to see. In the centre of the ring is a 1" unglazed spot. I suspect there was some kind of decorative element there that is missing. Aside from these issues, the condition is overall excellent. The glaze has plenty of character. Note the sponge pattern that runs around the flat side of the ring on both sides. The lip is perfect, as is the base edge. The form is unique and attractive. Clearly a special piece made for some occasion.

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SW006 McIntosh - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $750

This exact jug spurred one of my first forays into archival research. I bought it online in 2004, not knowing if it was Canadian. A day in the Ontario archives unearthed the proof that Angus McIntosh (misspelled Augus on the crock) was a liquor dealer who ran the "West Toronto Store" in the mid 1840s. Directories show him selling "Wallace's Cobourg Whiskey" from 1843-1846. The last reference to him is in the 1850/51 census, where he is listed solely as an acccountant. We sold this jug through MLA many years ago and we are pleased to be offering it a second time. A beautiful 2 gal ovoid jug. Near mint condition with only minor imperfections.

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SW007 Skinner - Picton

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$700-800

Sold: Not

A beautiful 2 gal example of the S. Skinner & Co Picton Canada West plough flower. This jug has an attractive form and one of the best renderings of this scarce design that I have seen. Once drilled for a lamp (read near the base), we had the small hole professionally restored. Otherwise perfect.

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SW008 Hall - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$700-800

Sold: $400

A W. Hall Kingston Canada West quart size primitive. This one has a great glaze with lots of character. Heavy chipping to the mouth edge. The incised writing is a bit hard to read. A scarce early primitive made by the Picton Potteries.

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SW009 Grange - Napanee

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $300

A 2 gal cream crock from Grange & Brothers Napanee Canada West. This crock has an unsual design, a variant on the standard Picton Potteries bowtie. 8" crack down the right side. Star shaped hairline rear down from the rim. Both these cracks are clean. 1 1/2" heavy chip off the inside rim. Despite the damage, this crock displays well and is a scarce early design.

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SW010 McDonald & Wilson - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $300

This cooler is a rare and unusual Canadian piece. Made for McDonald & Wilson Toronto. The glaze and details suggest it was manufactured by the Belleville Potteries. The glaze is consistent with their wares and the mock screw heads on the handles and bung hole are one of their trademarks. The applied British coat of arms is something quite unique. 14 1/2" tall. 4" crack left rear from the rim down. Otherwise excellent. Quite probably the original spout.

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SW011 Furlong - St. John

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $1450

I recently visited New Brunswick to photograph collections of pottery. One thing I found is that the blue decorated NB stoneware is both rare and often different from Quebec and Ontario types. Much of the stoneware used in NB in the last quarter of the 19th century came from potteries in the US, particularly Boston. This is no surprise given the close trading relations. This Thomas Furlong St. John jug is a rare example of Boston-made pottery with quite an abstract design. The owner and I agreed it shall be known as "air balloon on fire". Joking aside, this is a rare crock with a most unique decoration. A sweet one gal 11 3/4" tall jug. 5 small flakes off the sharp mouth. Fine 1/2" glaze crack near the handle. Very clean piece with a great glaze and bright design. A real NB gem.

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SW012 Burns & Campbell - Toronto

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $550

A big beautiful 5 gal jug from Burns & Campbell Toronto. Quite an elaborate and different decoration, with a large central flower surrounded by a wreath. Overall excellent condition. Heavy 2" base edge chip front. 4" glaze crack and large potstone rear. This is a big crock and the damage is relatively minor. A rare design from this firm and definitely one of their better crocks.

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SW013 Baird - St. Johns

Minimum Bid: $300

Range:$500-600

Sold: $600

Early pottery from Newfoundland is hard to find. Before the late nineteenth century, nearly all the goods were imported and the pottery was not marked for local merchants. Later crocks with St. Johns merchants names are generally British-made products. This 1 gal crock from James Baird St Johns is a lovely exception. This crock was made in St. Johns Quebec. Its unique glazing is typical of some of the late period wares of the last Farrar Potteries. Tons of character to this one. The top glaze is a pleasing yellow colour with brown splotches. The last third has no colour but it is salt-glazed. Mint condition.

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SW014 China Hall Toronto

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A 1 gal jug from the China Hall Toronto. This is an interesting piece. The flower is definitely an early Brantford Potteries type, likely late 1860s. You do not see many early Toronto crocks made in Brantford. Excellent condition. 5" hairline right side, caused by a potstone. Some stain from burial. Perfect mouth and handle.

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SW015 PEI Pottery Mug

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $300

The Prince Edward Island Pottery was established in 1881 and operated for less than ten years. During that short time, the pottery produced an interesting array of redware objects, including crocks, flower pots, pitchers and decorative items. The decorative items are particularly unusual for Canadian redware. The pottery made a line of items designed to mimic wood, including planters and an elaborate tobacco jar. This small mug is clearly the work of the PEI pottery. Both the texture of the piece, and the colourful varied glazing is typical of their wares. The function of this jar is unclear. It may have taken a lid, but there is no rim and no wear on the inside lip edge to suggest a lid ever rested there. It may be a shaving mug. The size is right for this purpose. It is just 3 1/2" tall and 3 1/2" across the base. Near mint condition with some light chipping to a few of the appliques. A rare piece of art pottery from one of Canada's pioneer East Coast redware potteries.

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SW016 Humberstone - Newton Brook

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A 3 gal butter crock marked S. T. Humberstone - Newton Brook. Marked pieces from this pottery are scarce and this is the first brown slip one I have seen. A wonderful glaze with plenty of variation in tone. Near mint with a 1/4" potstone chip at rear.

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SW017 Richardsons Ware

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $325

William & Robertson Richardson were potters in Kerwood Ontario who operated from 1860 to 1886. Marked simply Richardsons Ware. The wares I have seen from this pottery are special and distinct from the common contemporary redware. The forms of their pots all seem to have peculiar qualities. This 1 gal lidded jar with handle is a great example. Most of the Richardsons Ware I have seen is in a dark brown slip glaze. This one has a glaze with plenty of colour variation, running from chocolate to reddish brown.This crock has been professionally restored. The full handle was replaced and some chipping to the rear of the rim was restored. I believe the lid is the original.

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SW018 Hart Bros & Lazier - Belleville

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $160

A 3 gal butter crock from Hart Bros & Lazier Belleville. A wonderfully rendered flower design in deep blue slip. Some light spaulding on the left side and the rear. Pretty minor stuff. A beautiful crock.

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SW019 Lazier - Picton CW

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $160

A 2 gal jug from G.I. Lazier with double flower decoration. Heavy hairline cracking on the right side front. A couple of large potstones front. Perfect handle, lip and base edge. Despite the cracking, the piece displays very well.

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SW020 Foster - Kingston

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

A 1/2 gal jug from A. Foster Kingston. A scarce crock with Roman numeral date 1861. Heavily cracked in the front and some rust spotting right rear. Perfect handle and lip. Despite the cracking, this piece displays well.

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SW021 Redware Pitcher

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

This beautiful redware pitcher comes from a consignor in Manitoba. It has no provenance, as it was bought at a sale there. The form, style and glaze is definitely Germanic and North-American. It is difficult to say if this pitcher is Ontario-made or from Pennsylvania in the USA, as both areas have similar potting traditions. It measures 7 5/8" tall. The form is quite bulbous and pleasing. The glaze is a deep orange with brown splotch. There is a slightly metallic finish to the glaze. There is some chipping to the lip edge and a spot about the size of a quarter of glaze loss on one side. The piece is solid and free of cracks. We are now leaning towards a Pennsylvania origin for this lovely pitcher.

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SW022 Rosborough & Thomas - Halifax

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $300

A scarce 1 gal size bean pot from Rosborough & Thomas, Importers, China & Glassware, 174 Granville Street, Halifax. Near mint condition with a couple of very minor flakes off the inside rim. The lid is a dead match for the glaze and is almost certainly original. This is a form that you seldom see marked by the merchant.

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SW023 Clark - Brampton

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $250

A sweet little 1/4 gal jug from J. Clark Brampton. 8 1/4" tall. The jug was made by the Glass Brothers Pottery in London and is faintly marked on the base. Excellent condition. The handle appears to have been in three pieces that have been glued back in place. Some heavy separation marks on the base edge bottom. Attractive feather pattern around the shoulder, typicall of the Glass Brothers. An attractive little crock with lots of character. Note there was an error in the original listing. This is a 1/4 gal, not a 1/2.

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SW024 Humberstone - Newton Brook

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$200-250

Sold: $210

A 1 gal jug marked S.T. Humberstone Newton-Brook. This piece was painted red and retains some red streaking. Would likely respond to a good cleaning. Free from damage. A scarce Ontario potter's mark.

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SW025 Welding - Brantford

Minimum Bid: $125

Range:$150-200

Sold: $140

An attractive 2 gal W.E. Welding jug from Brantford. Nice tall triple flower decoration. Excellent condition with some underglaze stain, especially bottom rear.

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SW026 McFarland - Gananoque

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: Not

A 2 gal jug from McFarland & Co, Crocers and Wine Merchants, Gananoque. Excellent condition. Appears to have once been painted and retains a bit of residual paint spatter.

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SW027 Hevey - London

Minimum Bid: $100

Range:$150-200

Sold: Not

While a number of name only primitives are known from J. Hevey, this is the only example to identify his location in London, Ontario. Heavy cracking and stain to the body. The bottle is intact and solid. Nice tilt to the blob lip.

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SW028 Durocher - Hull

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $160

A 1 gal jug from Durocher & Cie, Wholesale & Retail, Groceries, Wines & Liquors, Hull Quebec. Near mint with one tiny flake to the lip.

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SW029 Gallagher - St. John

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A 1/2 gal jug from M & H Gallagher St. John. Near mint with a hairline in the handle where it connects to the body. Odd oversize top. Great orange-peel textured glaze.

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SW030 Major Limited (Ottawa)

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A 1/4 gal S.J. Major Limited crock. While not marked, this piece is definitely from Ottawa. Major was one of the City's leading liquor merchants. While Major crocks are generally common, I have not seen this little 1/4 gal type before. This piece was found in New Brunswick and looks a lot like it was made by the Foley Pottery in St. John. Near mint condition with some glaze crazing.

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SW031 Battell - Cobourg

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $130

A 1/2 gal jug from T. Battell, Grocer & Wine Merchant, Cobourg. Near mint condition.

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SW032 Templeton - Belleville

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: $75

A 1/2 gal tomato jar from John Templeton, General Grocer, Belleville. Mint condition with a heavy saltglaze.

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SW034 Bristol Picton Pair

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-150

Sold: Not

A pair of small size jars from A. Bristol Picton. The grey salt-glazed one is a 1/2" gal size. 8 1/2" tall. 1" hairine in the mouth at rear. The chocolate one is an oversize 1/4 gal. 8 1/4" tall. Mint condition.

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SW035 Trempe - Sorel

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $100

A 1/2 gal jug from J.T. Trempe, Marchand Epicier, Vins et Liqueurs, Sorel Quebec. Near mint with some minor glaze staining.

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SW036 McArthur, Irwin - Montreal

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

A 1/2 gal jug from McArthur, Irwin Limited Montreal. Great transfer on this one with 1842 and 1912 dates. Crown trademark rear base. Near mint with one 1/2" base edge flake right side.

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