MLA Auction 47 – Spring 2019 – Pottery

Closed Sat May 11 at 6pm ET.

SW001 Rogers – Bath CW
Minimum Bid: $2000
Range:$3000-4000
Sold: $4000

Shallow cake crocks seem to have been popular in the States through the nineteenth century, but the form is rare in Canada. What we lack in numbers, we certainly make up for in quality with this incredible 3 gal cake crock from S. Rogers, The Cheapest Store in Bath (Canada West). This rare crock was made by Samuel Skinner in Picton Canada West (1855-64). The bold tree design is a Skinner trademark that looks amazing on a squat broad crock like this one. This crock was made in two sizes with the larger 3 gal variety being the scarcer of the two. 5 3/4″ tall and 14″ in diameter. At one time, this crock was painted green. The paint was removed but the piece still retains a green hue. There is some crackng at the rear that is tight and stable. Heavy potstone front. One of only a handful of examples known. A dramatic form and decoration that will standout in any advanced collection.


SW002 Brantford Stoneware Miniature Churn
Minimum Bid: $2000
Range:$3000-4000
Sold: $4250

Salesmans samples made by the Brantford Stoneware Company (1894-1905) are both rare and highly sought-after. Made in very small numbers just for the men employed to sell the wares to merchants across Canada. Size matters with this beautiful miniature churn, standing just 3 3/4″ tall. Dead mint condition. How did it survive unscathed!?! An extraordinary piece of Canadian potting history. Extremely rare if not unique.


SW003 Chapman & Striker – Picton CW
Minimum Bid: $1000
Range:$1500-2000
Sold: Not

An exceptional 1 gal jug from Chapman & Striker, Druggists, Grocers & Stationers Picton Canada West. The jug is an early type, circa. 1850s, with a terrific form and finish to the lip. Small 1 gal size with a heavy blue Hart-style banner decoration. Near mint condition. Fine hairline at the base of the handle. About perfect. Partial contents still inside and an odour of linseed oil. Being a pharmacy crock, the contents could be many things. The smell is not bad and only noticeable if you hold the crock to your nose. Could be corked, cleaned or just left alone. A rare and early little crock with a scarce mark and beautiful Hart banner.


SW004 Moses Farrar – St. Johns CE
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: Not

Moses Farrar opened the first stoneware pottery in Canada in 1839 at St. Johns in Lower Canada. Moses was in partnership with Warren Soule from the earliest days of the pottery and their mark through the 1840s and early 50s was Farrar & Soule St.Johns. For reasons unknown, Moses reverted to using his name alone for a couple of years, roughly 1852-1854, before entering a new partnership wih Ebenezer L Farrar. Crocks with the mark Moses Farrar, St Johns CE (Canada East) are extremely rare. Moses Farrar seems to have used only a couple of styles of decoration during this period. This 3 gal jug sports a simple leafy design. Stongly marked with lots of blue. Stress cracking along the front and right side base edge. This would have occurred during the firing. 6″ hairline crack running from the lip down the left side of the design. Couple of heavy lip chips. The damage report sounds far worse than the crock looks in person.


SW005 Burns – Markham
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $600

A rare pair of King Charles spaniels made by the Samuel Burns pottery in Markham Ont (1874-84). See Webster’s Early Canadian Pottery colour plates pg. 12. Webster shows both glazed and unglazed examples of these dogs and notes that pieces were excavated at the site of Burns pottery. This pair are glazed in a beautiful cream colour with brown splotches accented with the blue collar and leads. The left one is basically perfect. The rignt one has a bit of glaze loss, the worst spot being at the rear. 8 1/2″ tall. Rare to find one of these, much less a pair!


SW006 Handley – Picton
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $700

The Handley Brothers (William and Henry) operated a small stoneware pottery in Picton Ont in the 1890s. Wares from this firm are quite scarce. This King Charles spaniel made by the Handley Brothers is certainly one of their best. See Newland’s Early Ontario Pottery pg 43. The body of the dog is unglazed while the heavy coleslaw style fur is glazed in a dark brown. The eyes are also accented in brown glaze. 10″ tall. Near mint condition with just a couple of minor thin flakes off the base edge.


SW007 King – Fort William
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $700

Early crocks from Thunderbay merchants are quite rare. One can imagine that in the earliest time, most things were imported through this important trade centre. This lovely little full-bodied 1/2 gal molasses jug is marked by The John King Co Ltd, wines liquors & general merchants, Fort William Ont. Near mint condition. 1/4″ base edge flake right rear. Tiniest flea bite to the sharp pour spout. 8″ tall. Great chocolate glaze. Beautiful heavy pour lip. Perfect handle. A killer early Thunderbay crock!


SW008 Morton & Goold – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $1700

Of all the Brantford Pottery marks, Morton & Goold is by far the rarest. The partnership lasted for just a few months in 1859. This 4 gal butter crock has a couple of interesting features. The floral decoration is more elaborate than most with the two smaller flowers and leaf treatment. Notice that the second line of the stamp is upside down. Not something you see too often. This crock had a heavy crack down the front left-side. This has been professionally stabilized and restored. There remains a faint line through the decoration but the repair is top-notch. Perfect rim and handles. Super clean. A rare and beautiful crock in fine restored condition.


SW009 Ohio Stoneware
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: Not

This 6 gal butter crock was likely made in Ohio. Crocks with this style of floral decoration and distinctive capacity mark are found there. This one is very unusual for having the portrait of an attractive women on the one side. Maybe not so attractive with the broad profile and heavy arm? Likely a joke on the part of the potter. “I put your picture on this one, my love”. She must have enjoyed the joke, as it shows good use and no real damage. Large stain by the women. Fine hairline cracking and light stain left side. Some cracking and flaking to the lug handles. Surprisingly good condition for such a large piece. A great rarity for sure and a good conversation piece.


SW010 Skinner – Picton
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $400

A lovely little 1 gal jug marked S Skinner & Co. Samuel Skinner operated the pottery in Picton Canada West from 1855-64. The flower is done in a heavy almost flow-blue style. Dead mint.


SW011 Warner & Co – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $300

An impressive 4 gal cream crock from Warner & Co, Toronto. Wm Warner operated Toronto’s first stoneware factory from 1856-1863. The elaborate single flower decoration on this crock is unique and well executed. A striking design on a big piece. Some fine hairline cracking and resulting stain to the body. No doubt well used. The rim and handles are perfect. This is an early, rare and great looking crock.


SW012 Robertson – Kingston
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $400

An 8 gal butter churn from Robertson Brothers, wholesale crockery, Kingston Ont. The churn itself is a rare example made by the Glass Brothers Pottery of London Ont. Odd that Robertson should order some crocks from a pottery so far away? Restoration to a few lip chips. 5″ super tight hairline base right. Overall excellent condition. A big beautiful Kingston crock! Pick-up or drop-off only on this one.


SW013 Holmesville Redware Jug
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $1650

A gorgeous 1 gal redware jug with heavily mottled-glaze. This form, lip finish and glaze is typically attributed to the Burns Pottery in Holmesville Ont. If not Burns, then certainly another SW Ont pottery. 9 3/4″ tall. Dead mint condition. Check out that glaze!


SW014 New York Store – London
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $450

A gorgeous 4 gal jug from The New York Store in London Ont. Schuler-made jug with a beautiful big blue floral decoration. Near mint condition with only minor imperfections.


SW015 Leclair & Letellier – Quebec
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $210

A 3 gal jug from Leclair & Lettelier, marchand epicier, rue St Paul, Quebec (city). The jug was made by Flack & Van Arsdale of Cornwall Ontario. The decoration is an extremely rare footed vase with flowers. While you see vases from F&VA these do not typically have the foot or handles. This is only the third crock I have seen with this design variation. Excellent condition with some minor flaking to the mouth.


SW016 Flack & Van Arsdale – Cornwall
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $250

A 2 gal butter crock with a scarce flower and vase design by Flack & Van Arsdale of Cornwall Ont. Lovely tan colour to the body. Mint condition.


SW017 Woodyatt – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $350

A beautiful little 1 gal J Woodyatt, Brantford Canada West jug. Heavy chip off the handle, but otherwise excellent. Big and beautiful flower design on a sm size jug.


SW018 Skinner – Picton
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $210

A 2 gal S. Skinner & Co Picton Canada West jug. The plow flower design is one that was started by William Hart, but continued at least for some time during Skinner’s term as owner of the pottery (1855-64). This crock has a lot going for it. Great early form and a well executed example of this decoration. Mint condition. They don’t get much better than this one!


SW019 Lazier – Picton
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $375

A 2 gal G.I. Lazier Picton Canada West jug. Lazier owned the pottery in Picton from 1864-1879. Heavy blue double flower decoration. Mint condition.


SW020 Skinner – Picton
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A 3 gal butter crock from Skinner & Co Picton Canada West (1855-64). Nice whimsical flower with large trailing 3 gal measure. Hairline cracking at rear that is well stabilized. Very fine hairline front rim. This crock was once wired around the top which has left some rust along the bottom side of the rim. Some condition issues but displays great!


SW021 Lake – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A 4 gal butter crock with six lines of writing for W.H. Lake, dealer in, hardware, earthenware and woodenware, 608 Queen St East, Toronto. You don’t often see “earthenware” advertised. The crock itself was made by Welding Brantford. Fine hairline cracks criss-cross on the right side. Some stain same side. Heavy 1/2 chip off the inside of the rim left side. Minor stuff. A great looking crock with a lot of history in the mark.


SW022 Morton & Co – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A tall 1 gal ovoid crock from Morton & Co, Brantford Canada West. You have to love this early form! Hairline through the handle. The floral design is blurred on the left side. Otherwise excellent condition. Great looking piece with both form and size going for it.


SW023 Hart Brothers Lazier – Belleville
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

This lovely 1 gal batter jug is marked H.B. & L for the Hart Brothers & Lazier pottery of Belleville Ont. Some minor restoration to chips off the pour spout. Overall excellent condition. Still retains its original handle and bail. 10 1/4″ tall. The batter jug is a form rarely found marked by Canadian potters.


SW025 Failling’s Tomatoes
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

You have to love that no matter how long you have dealt antiques, new things are always turning up. This quart size wide-mouth primitive was found at a Kingston Ont market. It is marked: Failling’s Tomatoes, so clearly it is a kind of fruit or product jar. I have never seen anything like it. Definitely North American but could be Canadian or American in origin. 10″ tall. Mint condition. Beautiful glaze. Still corked with what could be the original cork. Something completely different!


SW026 Redware Jar
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $300

This 1/2 gal redware jar was found in SW Ontario, but the form and dramatic glaze are both characteristic of redware from Aultsville (Eastern Ontario). Regardless, this one is Ontario and has a terrific glaze with a lot of colour variation and heavy veining. 9 1/2″ tall. 1/4″ chip off the lip. Overall excellent condition.


SW027 Earthenware Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $275

A beautiful earthenware pitcher. 7 1/2″ tall. The glaze is outstanding. The base glaze is a cream colour with a distinct pink hue. Over this is a heavy green splotch. Some minor chipping to the rim. Otherwise excellent. Likely an Ontario piece, but I do not recognize the glaze.


SW028 Redware Jug
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $275

A 1 gal redware jug with a killer glaze. Deep orange base with yellow speckling. SW Ontario for sure. A few spots of glaze loss but very minor stuff. Excellent condition.


SW029 Hinton – Fort Erie
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

A fat-bodied 1 or 1 1/2″ gal molasses jug marked R. Hinton, groceries, wines & liquors, Fort Erie. The stamp is very light and hard to read. Near mint condition. Partial contents that smell like linseed oil. Cork may be original to the piece.


SW030 Davis – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A 1/2 gal jug from Robert Davis & Co, importers, wines & liquors, King Street corner of Bay, Toronto Canada West. A scarce early mark that I have not seen before. Great sm size at just 9 3/4″ tall. This jug has a restored handle. The job is incredibly good. Displays perfect!


SW031 Schuler – Paris
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $170

A 1 gal jug from Henry Schuler of Paris Ont. Mint condition. Nice squat form and well decorated with a single large flower.



SW032 Ballard – Cornwall
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $220

A 5 gal jug from Orrin Ballard, Cornwall Canada West. Unsual fern-like decoration in heavy blue. Handle ends are also blued. Heavy flaking to the mouth. Some light spaulding to the body. 4″ hairline near base rear. Overall good condition for a big early piece like this one. Pick-up or drop-off only on this large crock.


SW033 Wright – Madoc
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A super clean 1/2 gal jug from D. Wright Madoc Ont. 1″ deep base edge chip. Otherwise perfect.


SW034 Williams – Picton
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

A sweet little chocolate glazed 1/4 gal from G. Williams, Wines & Liquors, Picton Ontario. Circa. 1900. Likely Belleville Potteries. Mint condition.


SW035 Gaughan – Collingwood
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

A 1/2″ gal jug from M.J. Gaughan, wholesale & retail, wines & liquors, Collingwood Ont. Ohio Potteries style jug, circa. 1910. Couple of fine hairlines through the handle. 1/4″ chip off the base edge front. Overall glaze crazing. The damage is very minor stuff. This jug looks great.