MLA Auction 46 – Fall 2018 – Redware

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RW001 Eby – Conestogo
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-3000
Current Bid: DNMR

In nineteenth century Canada, potteries produced a fairly standard selection of wares: cream and butter pots, milk skimming bowls and churns, jugs and flower pots. But occassionally, they made other things. This fabulous beer stein was made by William Eby of Conestogo, Ontario. Wonderful hourglass shape. Deep orange glaze with brown splotch. 6 3/4″ tall. One of these rare steins is pictured on the cover of David Newland’s Early Ontario Potters. Excellent condition. 1″ chip off the base edge. 1/4″ chip off the rim. Minor stuff. Extremely rare. A top shelf piece of early Ontario redware from an iconic potter.


RW002 Ontario Earthenware Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: Not

This small earthenware pitcher is a beautiful anomaly. If you consult David Newland’s Early Ontario Potters on pg. 93 there is a grouping of Owen Sound pottery. Pictured is a sm pitcher with a nearly identical form and coggling around the rim and base edge. But the glaze treatment is quite different. Owen Sound pottery is often found with a Bennington style brown and cream glaze, but I have never seen a piece with this heavy splotch. I am confident attributing this one to Brownscombe who owned potteries in both Owen Sound and Kinloss. Regardless of where this one was made, it is a beautiful and unsual pitcher. 6 1/2″ tall. Excellent condition, especially for such a fragile form. 4″ hairline down the right side. Some light flaking to the spout. Has a good ring to it. A beautiful and unusual Ontario earthenware pitcher.


RW003 Owen Sound Pottery
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $700

A rare Owen Sound Pottery oversized pitcher from a wash set. See Newlands pg.94. These are notoriously hard to find in good condition for obvious reasons. This one is excellent. Two heavy spots of glaze loss on the body right side. Two 1/2″ flakes off the rim and a few other sm bits of glaze loss around the rim area. Rings true. 11 1/4″ tall. A rare opportunity to own one of these impressive pitchers.


RW004 Brown – Strathroy
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: $750

Thomas Brown operated a small earthenware pottery in Strathroy Ontario in the 1880s. An extremetly rare 2 gal crock clearly marked T. Brown Strathroy. The sepia flowers are clumsily rendered, but seemingly typical for Brown. This piece has heavy wear to the inside. In a couple of places on the base, it is worn right threw. The outside is quite clean, with some spaulding at the rear. Surprisingly, it rings like a bell! You will die waiting for a better one.


RW005 Large Redware Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $1000
Range:$1500-2000
Sold: Not

A striking large redware pitcher. 10 5/8″ tall to the top of the handle and fully 10″ from handle to the tip of the spout. English-made stoneware in this heavily moulded style was a popular in nineteenth-century Canada. This redware pitcher is a remarkable immitation. The quality of the moulding and form generally is high. The Rockingham glaze was produced by a great many potteries both abroad and in North America. This pitcher came out of an old Ontario collection and was found in Cobourg, but I cannot say it is Ontario redware. Moulded redware pitchers of this style are found in Pennsylvania and no doubt some found their way North. Condition is near mint and remarkable for such a large and elaborate piece. One 1/4″ glaze flake near the base and a few tiny nipples on sharp edges. A remarkable and beautiful early redware pitcher.


RW006 Early Redware Inkwell
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$800-1000
Sold: Not

This redware inkwell is an early style, likely from the 1830s-40s. It comes from an old Ontario collection and may well be from an Ontario redware potter. Some of the glaze characteristics are typical of Eby Conestogo, particularly the orange, green and brown colours and the gloss. Note the moulded lines top and bottom. I am unaware of any Ontario redware inkwells that can be solidly attributed to a potter. Few examples of the form have survived. I am not attributing this inkwell and I cannot even say for sure it is Ontario-made. But it is unquestionably early, rare and beautiful! 2 1/8″ tall and 3 5/8″ in diameter. Several chips that could be easily restored should the next owner desire.


RW007 Ontario Redware Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A beautiful Ontario redware pitcher with a deep orange and brown glaze. Previously sold as made by the Orangeville Pottery, but I cannot verify this attribution. Based on the form and style, I am confident in saying it is Ontario redware. Professionally replaced handle and a very good job. 1/2″ flake off the backside of the rim and some roughness to the mouth. 8 3/4″ tall. Great form and terrific glaze to this one.


RW008 Redware Pen Frog
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

This tiny piece of redware was found on a farm in Cambridge, Ontario. 1 1/8″ tall and 1 7/8″ in diameter. My guess is that it is a pen frog (for holding pens). Near mint with just some minor flaking around the mouth.


RW009 Miniature Slop Bucket
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

A minature earthenware slop bucket or bed pan. 1 5/8″ tall by 2 1/4″ in diameter across the mouth. Cream coloured glaze with brown streaks. Possibly Owen Sound Pottery. Excellent condition with some minor flaking around the thin mouth. Certainly an old miniature and a form seldom seen.


RW010 Aultsville Molasses Jug
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $160

A sm 1 gal redware molasses jug from Aultsville, Ontario. Both the glaze colours and heavy veining are typical Aultsville features. This jug was also found in Eastern Ontario. 8 3/4″ tall. Crudely made with numerous kiln marks and heavy imperfections. Large separation mark on the base. 1/2″ chip off the spout. A great primitive piece with character to spare.


RW011 Tilsonburg Spittoon
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A rare spittoon marked F.B. Tilson Tilsonburg. Excellent condition with only minor imperfections. This is a stoneware spittoon, but I felt it had more in common with the redware than its grey bodied stoneware cousins.


RW012 Miniature Redware Jug
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A miniature redware jug. 4 3/4″ tall. An old sticker on the base (dated 1964) indicates this little guy was found in Waterloo County. A possible attribution is made to Ahrens, but I do not personally see it in the form or glaze. The glaze is a rich reddish brown with some veining. Love the little flourish to the base of the handle. Excellent condition with minor chips to the inside mouth and base edge.


RW013 Small Redware Ovoid Jug
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $130

A sweet little 1/4″ gal ovoid redware jug. Just under 8″ tall. Near mint with one tiny flake off the lip.