MLA Auction 45 – Spring 2018 – Redware

Closed Sat May 12 at 6pm ET.

RW001 Miniature Redware Churn
Minimum Bid: $2500
Range:$4000-5000
Sold: $3500

This spectaclur miniature redware churn comes from an old Ontario collection. It was picked in New Hamburg. Just 4 3/4″ tall. Possibly a salesman’s sample, but more likely a novelty piece. Based on the form and the glaze, I believe this is an Ontario piece. Miniature redware churns are known from the States (particularly Pennsylvania and Western NY) but the form and glaze are completely different. This one has a real Ontario look to it. While I cannot solidly attribute this churn to a potter, I think it may be Eby. The dominant glaze colours (both the off-shade of green and the deep red) are similar to colours commonly used by Eby in Conestogo. Note the green on the pitcher in the next lot. We sold a deep red Eby crock last spring. Regardless of who made it, the glaze is spectacular! Green streaking over a deep red base. The condition is excellent. Unseparated 1/2 chip in the rim (see photo) and some minor nibbles on the rim edge. Incredibly, the original lid survives in perfect condition! A unique and beautiful piece of Ontario redware.


RW002 Eby – Conestogo
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-3000
Sold: $3050

A beautiful William Eby pitcher from Conestogo. 7 3/4″ tall. Terrific leopard-like glaze with green, brown and orange speckling. Excellent condition. 1/2″ chip off the inside lip edge front and a thin flake off the tip of the pour spout. Also a base edge potstone. Minor stuff. One of the best Eby pitchers we have had the pleasure to offer.


RW003 Bierenstihl – Bridgeport
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: $4000

A big bold redware pitcher from Adam Bierenstihl of Bridgeport. Great bulbous form! 8 1/2″ tall. What makes this pitcher truly exceptional are the blue glaze highlights around the body and the edge of the lip; a very rare feature. The glaze appears over-fired with a resulting rough finish. This is the way it was made and gives it character. Near mint with only minor imperfections. Remarkable condition given the fragile form and large size.


RW004 Eby Mini Jug – Conestogo
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $1550

A gorgeous miniature redware jug from William Eby Conestogo. Just 3 1/4″ tall. Beautiful bright orange coloured glaze with brown streaks and flecks. 1/2″ flake off the lip. Overall excellent condition. Eby miniatures are rare and highly-sought. This one has great size, colour, and condition. Best one I have seen.


RW005 White & Son – St John
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$800-1000
Sold: $3550

Joseph White emigrated from Bristol England with his sons in 1864 to take over operation of a pottery in St John New Brunswick. While he lived only four years, dying in 1870, he established a potting dynasty in the province. The family of Foley potters are related. This 1 gal redware cream crock is marked J. White & Son, Potters, St John NB. This mark is extremely rare. In fact, this is the first and only example I have seen or heard of. White and his sons may have produced a fair amount of ware, but they clearly did not mark many pieces. Without the maker’s mark, one would assume this was an ordinary piece of Nova Scotia-made redware. This one shows the same type of pottery was made in New Brunswick. A sweet 1 gal size. 8 1/2″ tall and 8″ in diameter across the rim. Joseph White was famous back in England for his expertise in glaze making. He would have had to adapt his glaze to work with the local clay. The glaze on this piece has lots of depth and sparkle to it. This is a beautiful crock in incredible condition. It is so perfect that it rings at every touch. There are a couple of long flakes off one lug handle but this is real minor stuff. The piece is basically mint inside and out. An important piece of early marked Canadian redware, especially for New Brunswick collectors.


RW006 Large Redware Jar
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $550

A 2 gal redware jar with a heavily speckled glaze. 11 1/2″ tall. This piece came from a collection where the majority of items were picked in Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario. I believe this to be a Quebec piece of redware based on the glaze and style. I had another very similar that was picked in Quebec. An argument could be made for this piece being Germanic from Western Ontario, but I think Quebec. Excellent condition. A 1/2″ flake off the rim has been professionally restored. The lid came with this crock and is made or redware, but may not be original as the colour is not a match. A big beautiful piece with a striking glaze in fine condition.


RW007 Redware Mug
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $250

A highly unusual redware mug or stein. 6 1/4″ tall. Marked near the base with the initials “T.U.” Likely a potter’s mark, but possibly a tavern owner. Fabulous glaze with lots of depth and character. Very crudely potted. Look at that handle! Professional restoration to some very minor glaze loss, basically a few tiny spots. I am comfortable saying this is a North American piece of redware, but I cannot attribute it to any Canadian pottery. Has an early look to it.


RW008 Quebec Jug
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

A most unusual 1/2 gal jug marked just with an address: 104 rue St Paul. It is possible the “0” is a “6”. Rioux & cie, importateur d’épicerie, vins & liqueurs were listed at 164 rue St Paul in Quebec City. I am not attributing this jug to Rioux, but it may be his. The style of this earthenware jug is very unusual. Undoubtably a Quebec pottery, but I cannot say who. The glazing resembles a number of molasses jugs that I have seen over the years come out of Western QC and Eastern ON. Missing its handle. Otherwise good condition with a few minor chips off the lip edge. A great looking and unique piece that is worth restoring.


RW009 Huron Pottery Jar
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A 1/2 gal jar from the Huron Pottery in Egmondville. I personally love these pieces where the eathenware pottery was imitating decorated stoneware by adding some blue. The flower design on this one is different with the lower element looking very much like a pair of eyes. Professional restoration to the lip as well as the base edge rear. The work is so well done it is difficult to tell the extent of the repair. Displays mint.


RW010 Redware Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

A redware pitcher with a great glaze. 8″ tall. Heavy drippy splotch with a nice metallic finish. While the piece looks almost black in the photos, the glaze is a dark brown that changes remarkably in the light. Professional restoration to a couple of flakes off the lip edge. In sunlight you can see the repaired chips if you turn the piece in the light, but sitting on a shelf the colour blends perfectly. Likely an Ontario piece.


RW011 Speckled Bottle
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

This ginger beer style bottle is made of stoneware, but the glaze bought it admission to the redware category. To say the glaze is incredible would be an understatement. Deep orange with heavy speckling. I believe this bottle was made in Picton. The glaze characteristics are similar to a marked Picton primitive that I have handled. Regardless of its origins, the piece has a tremendous look to it. Other than a few flakes to the lip, the condition is excellent.


RW012 Redware Ovoid Jug
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $250

A beautiful 1/2 gal redware ovoid jug. 8 3/4″ tall. An early piece, circa. 1830-40. Likely from Pennsylvania. Some scuffs and heavy scrapes but no damage. A fine looking early piece in a great small size.


RW013 Ahrens – Paris
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $130

A beautiful redware bowl from Ahrens Paris. Terrific glaze! Couple of very fine hairline cracks that are near impossible to see. Otherwise excellent condition. This is a sm bowl that would hold about a 1/2″ gal. 5 3/4″ tall and 8 1/4″ in diameter across the rim.


RW014 Redware Jar
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

Oversize 1/2 gal jar with high gloss glaze in shades of applesauce and rose. 8 1/2″ tall. Likely Ahrens Paris. Excellent condition with minor wear to the lip edge.


RW015 Redware Jar
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $130

A beautiful little 1/4 gal redware jar with a great glaze. This piece came from an old Quebec collection. The consignor bought it believing it to be a Dion piece, but he was later told it could not be from this pottery. I am not so sure. The glaze is unlike the typical spatter ware normally attributed to Dion, but similar jars are attributed to Dion in Jacques Blais’ book Poterie et la Ceramique au Quebec. An argument could be made for this being SW Ontario. Regardless, it is a sweet little crock with great character to the glaze.


RW016 Ahrens – Paris
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $160

A great 1/4 gal redware jar from Ahrens Paris. Beautiful glaze with plenty of character. 6 1/4″ tall. Base edge flake. Overall excellent condition.


RW017 Redware Jug
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A beautiful 1/4″ gal jug in a fiery orange glaze. 8 1/4″ tall. Possibly Ahrens Paris. Excellent condition with a bit of light wear.


RW018 Redware Pot
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $50

1/2 gal redware pot with speckled glaze. 6 1/4″ tall. Some heavy spaulding inside but otherwise very clean and displays well.


RW019 Redware Jar
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $75

1/2 gal redware jar in a rich orange glaze. 7 1/8″ tall. Quite possibly Eby in this glaze colour and form.