MLA Auction 49 – Spring 2020 – Pottery

Closed Sat May 2 at 6pm ET.

SW001 Welding – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $2500
Range:$4000-5000
Sold: $3000

William E. Welding presided over the apogee of nineteenth century stoneware production in Canada. He ran the Brantford Pottery from 1873 to 1894. Under his ownership, the pottery expanded rapidly producing a wide range of wares that were sold across the country. This pail form is most unusual and impractical. Unusual because it is a form you never see from any pottery. Impractical because the design is inherently flawed. The tiny handles could not have withstood much weight or torque and must have broken easily. The sheer weight of the piece full would have been enough to break it, if set-down hard. Needless to say, this is an extremely rare crock with just a handful known. The form was made to ressemble a barrel with blue glaze added to highlight the horizontal bands. A 2 gal piece, 10″ high and 9 1/2″ in diameter across the top. Given the fragile form, the condition is extraordinary. The tiny handles are intact and damage free. The top and base edges are perfect. Super clean inside and out. There are two hairline pressure cracks running up from the base: one front 1 1/2″ and a second rear 6″ that runs onto the bottom. Real minor stuff. The wire has been replaced, though the wood handle may be original. A similar (but not the same) pail sold at Gardner Auctions in London Ontario in 2002 for just under $4,000. An exceptionally rare and interesting crock. First one we have seen or sold in 25 years!



SW002 Skinner – Picton
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-2500
Sold: $2000

Samuel Skinner was with the Picton Pottery from its inception, working as a potter. He leased and ran the operation from 1855-1864. It is during the period of Skinner’s ownership that the blue decoration on Picton pottery reached its height. Bold often dramatic designs of sunflowers, trees and birds were their stock and trade. I have always loved their whimsical birds. These must have been produced in relatively small numbers, because few have survived. This example has a great bird design with some nice flourishes below and a bold script “2” gal mark. 9 1/4″ tall. Hairline cracking on the left side with some associated stain. Despite the crack, the piece is solid and rings when struck. As you see from the first pic, this damage is barely visible when the crock is displayed. There is a bit of blistering to the blue from over-firing. Over the years, we have sold a few merchant crocks with Skinner birds, but this is the first potter’s mark example we have offered.


SW003 Morton & Goold – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $1000
Range:$2000-2500
Sold: $2800

Of all the Brantford Pottery marks, Morton & Goold is by far the rarest. The partnership lasted for just a few months in 1859. Over the years, I have seen a few Morton & Goold marked pieces and they were all jugs. This crock is a rare and unusual example. Just 7″ tall, but a normal 10 1/4″ diameter. A standard 2 gal butter crock would be nine or more inches tall. By comparison, the Skinner Picton-made cake crocks are between 5-6 inches tall. I have found many examples of American cake crocks that are 7″ tall. I think this may be the Brantford version of a cake crock. The floral design is different than what you typically see from this partnership, likely because the decorator had to make it work on a short canvas. Condition is excellent. There is a very fine 3″ hairline to the left of the design. Also a bit of very fine hairline cracking to the base. Some stain to the left of the design, that could be professionally cleaned. Real minor stuff. The rim and handles are perfect. The glaze is very clean. A unique piece with lots of character.


SW004 Gray & Glass – Tillsonburg
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: $1000

William Gray and Samuel Glass established a partnership to run the Tillsonburg Pottery in 1886, but it was short-lived. David Newland’s notes they were in business together for less than six months, when the pottery was destroyed by fire. Crocks marked Gray & Glass are extremely rare and this is one of the best I have seen. A 4 gal cream crock, 14 1/2″ tall. It is rare that I comment on the colour of a piece of stoneware, but this crock has a most pleasing tan colour with a rosy hue. The single flower is simple and beautifully executed. Excellent condition. 8″ fine hairline to the left of the decoration. You can see from the pic this is very faint. Perfect rim and handles. Super clean body. A great looking piece of pottery! If you have wanted a Gray & Glass for your collection, this is the one!


SW005 Gray & Betts – Tilsonburg
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: $1650

William Gray and Spence Betts assumed ownership of the Tillsonburg Pottery in the fall of 1883 and ran it for less than three years. During this period, the pottery decorated its wares with a beautiful and distinctive floral design. This 9 gal butter churn is a monumental piece from this short-lived operation. It stands an impressive 21″ tall and is 43″ in diameter at the broadest point! Churns are seldom found in sizes larger than 5 or 6 gallons. This 9 gal example is one of the largest I have seen from any Canadian pottery and must have been challenging to throw. The decoration is big, bold and beautiful! Excellent condtion. Super clean with no stain. 1 1/2″ chip off the underside of the left handle. Two rim chips off the right side, one about 1″ and the other a sm 1/4″ flake. There is a fine 4″ hairline crack mid-body to the left of the design. 1/4″ potstone front near the base. 1″ potstone blowout rear. Minor stuff. This is a truly impressive piece of pottery that would be a standout in any advanced collection! No shipping on this item, pick-up or arranged delivery only.


SW006 Gillespie – St. Johns QC
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: $3200

The history of stoneware production in St. Johns Canada East is complex and fascinating. The best source for this history is Helen H Lambart’s thin 1970 publication for the National Museum of Man titled “Two Centuries of Ceramics in the Richelieu Valley.” In 1852, the partnership between Moses Farrar and his nephew Warran Soule ended. Soule continued to operate for a couple of years thanks to capital supplied by Henry Gillespie, a local businessman. Henry’s son John likely worked at the pottery, because in 1857 he set-up his own shop with his brother-in-law Thomas Mace. They closed in 1860. Over the years, I have seen a handful of crocks marked Gillespie & Soule. This 1 gal jug is the first piece I have seen marked John Gillespie, St. Johns Canada East. 1 gal, 12″ tall. The floral design is a bit different than what you typically see from St. Johns pottery at that time, but you see few decorated 1 gal jugs. Excellent condition. The handle and mouth are perfect. One 1/2″ base edge flake, likely caused by a potstone. I suspect the corncob stopper may be original to the piece. The jug is partly full of dried contents. A bit of stain to the body. A very rare little crock and a piece of the St Johns potting history puzzle. You may never see another, so don’t miss this one!


SW007 Eby – Conestogo
Minimum Bid: $750
Range:$1200-1500
Sold: Not

The earthenware produced by William Eby at the Conestogo Pottery is some of the most interesting and collectible in Canada. Of the many forms produced, his plates with their simple fruit decorations are some of the most iconic. This auction we are pleased to offer two Eby plates with cherry-motif. This plate has a great look because the turning-lines remain visible on the interior and the glaze has worn beautifully. It clearly got a lot of use as the exterior is burned black. Despite heavy use, the condition is excellent. One tiny 1/4″ thin flake off the inside edge. The spot you see at the centre of the design is a high point where the glaze has worn through. A solid plate with no cracks. 9 3/4″ in diameter.


SW008 Eby – Conestogo
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$750-1000
Sold: $500

A second Eby plate from the same collection. Some heavy glaze loss to both the interior and, particularly, the exterior of the plate. Yet there are no cracks and just a few thin flakes off the rim. 9 3/4″ in diameter.


SW009 Lazier – Picton
Minimum Bid: $500
Range:$750-1000
Sold: $1350

A 5 gal butter crock from G.I. Lazier Picton Canada West. This is a big crock. 12″ tall and 12 1/2″ in diameter. The bird design is huge and covers the crock face. I have always liked this design, with the bird seated on its nest. Nice little flourish above its head. This crock has had professional restoration to two cracks on the right side. The cracks are still visible but have been stabilized and touched-up. Large potstone rear. Displays beautifully.


SW010 Grange & Brothers – Napanee
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$700-800
Sold: $600

A 1 gal jug from Grange & Brothers, druggists & chemists, Napanee. 12″ tall. The jug was made by the Picton Potteries. While unmaked, it is a Canada West era piece. The design is a scarce one and unusual for being so high up on the shoulder. Near mint condition. There are two in-manufacturing flaws: a large blob of salt-glaze next to the “1” and a large potstone left side. Otherwise perfect.


SW011 Lantz – Mahone Bay
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$700-800
Sold: $700

A 3 gal cream crock from J.E. Lantz Mahone Bay Nova Scotia. 11 1/4″ tall. This crock was made by the Farrar Pottery in a later period. The simple flower was one of their popular designs. Condition is excellent. Heavy 1 1/2″ chip off the rim at rear. A bit of super fine hairline cracking right side. A bit of fry to the cobalt. Perfect rim and handles. This is the first crock I have seen from Mahone Bay.


SW012 Wilson – St. John
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$500-600
Sold: $425

A 1 gal jug from J.N. Wilson St. John New Brunswick. 12″ tall. An early British-made crock, likely from the 1860s. Near mint condition. Couple of fine 1/4″ flakes off the lip. I suspect this is a rare mark as I have not seen a piece from this Saint John merchant before.


SW013 Wildern – Tillsonburg
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$500-600
Sold: $300

A 2 gal cream crock from Wildern & Company Tillsonburg Ontario. 9 1/2″ tall. A rare Tilsonburg merchant mark. The crock is a lovely example made by the Schuler Pottery in Paris. Near mint condition. Rings like a bell! Super clean. Perfect rim, handles and base edge. Crossed fine hairlines left side about the diameter of a toonie. Patch of stain rear. Minor stuff. A beautiful piece of pottery.



SW014 Picton Canada West
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$500-600
Sold: $300

A tiny one gal butter crock from the Picton Potteries. Just 7″ tall and 8″ in diameter. A great heavy blue bowtie design. Excellent condition. A super fine hairline crack runs down from the rim at rear and into the bottom. The piece is solid and rings when struck. Perfect rim and handles. Super clean. A gorgeous little crock.


SW015 Brantford Potteries Beaver Teapot
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $450

A small size Beaver teapot from the Brantford Potteries. 7 1/2″ to the top of the beaver finial. In Donald Webster’s publication “The Brantford Pottery” he notes that “[t]this teapot, unmarked, conforms completely to excavated shards” found at the site of the pottery. In my experience, these teapots are notorious for poor condition. The spout is almost always busted and the lid often damaged or missing entirely. This example has a professional repair to the end of the spout but is otherwise excellent. The lid has a tiny flake off the base edge. The beaver finial is perfect. You will wait a long time to find one better.


SW016 Shaw – Windsor
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: Not

A 4 gal butter crock from C.P. Shaw Windsor Nova Scotia. 11 1/2″ tall. The stamped eagle and swan were both designs produced by the Gardner Pottery of Maine. A fair bit of this ware was sold to Canadian merchants in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This one is nice for having both stamps and the exaggerated number four. Excellent condition. Couple of flakes off the inside edge of the rim. Bit of light spaulding to the bottom half of the body. 1″ flake off the bottom edge of the right handle. Minor stuff. The piece is solid and rings like a bell!


SW017 Maceachern – Charlottetown
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $500

A 1 gal jug from Maceachern & Co Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. Just under 12″ tall. I have always love this stamp for the “Italian Warehouse”. A British-made jug likely from the 1860s/70s. This one has more flair than your average with the wide disk-shaped mouth and ribbed handle. 1″ area of chipping off the front of the lip, otherwise excellent. I considered repairing but prefer the piece as is.


SW018 Holman – Summerside
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $375

A full-bodied 1 gal jug from R.T. Holman Summerside Prince Edward Island. Just under 12″ tall. Three 1/4″ shallow chips off the lip. Hairline through the handle. Otherwise excellent. You see very little marked pottery from PEI.


SW019 Monger – London and Ingersoll
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $250

A 2 gal cream crock from J. Monger who had stores in both London and Ingersoll Ontario. Just over 11″ tall. Crock made by the Brantford Potteries, most likely during the Goold ownership. Condition is excellent but this crock had a fiery birth. A thick line of salt-glaze spills down the left side. Fair bit of fry to the blue. All in-manufacturing. Perfect lip, handles and base edge. Unusual for having the two towns listed.


SW020 Morton & Co – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $375

A 3 gal butter churn from Morton & Company Brantford Canada West. 14 1/2″ tall. I have always loved these churns, both for their early form and great decoration. This one had two large lip chips which have been professionally restored. 7″ tight hairline at rear. Super fine 3″ hairline front left. Large patch of stain left rear. Sounds worse than it looks. A solid crock that displays beautifully. No shipping on this item, pick-up or arranged delivery only.


SW021 Glass Brothers – London
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $350

A 6 gal churn from Glass Brothers & Co, London Ontario. An impressive piece that stands 18″ tall! Many of the GB’s crocks from this period have blurry decorations. This one is particularly well executed. Note the splotches of blue glaze down the right side. Near mint condition, which is remarkable given the large size. Just a gorgeous example of this scarce churn. No shipping on this item, pick-up or arranged delivery only.



SW022 Tillson – Tillsonburg
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

Fred B Tillson opened the first stoneware pottery in Tillsonburg Ontario in the early 1880s. In the fall of 1883, he sold out to William Gray and Spence Betts. A 2 gal butter crock, 9″ tall.The abstract design is unusual for this pottery. See a similar example in Newland’s Early Ontario Pottery, pg. 172. The dark body is the way the piece fired and not stain. Excellent condition. 1″ chip off the underside of the left handle. Some wear on the inside base. A few tiny bits of glaze loss to the rim. Real minor stuff. A scarce crock with an unusual decoration.


SW023 MacKintosh & Ward – Mosa Road
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A 4 gal cream crock from MacKintosh & Ward Mosa Road Canada West. 13 1/2″ tall. Mosa Road was a tiny place located between London and Chatham. The crock was made by the Brantford Potteries, most likely during the Goold ownership. This crock has been professionally restored. A heavy crack runs down the right side of the face and around the right side. The crack remains visible but has been stabilized and touched-up. Heavy 1″ kiln mark at rear. Otherwise excellent condition. Perfect rim and handles. Very clean. A rare small town piece.


SW024 Schuler – Paris
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A 1 gal jug from Henry Schuler Paris Ontario. Just under 12″ tall. A beautiful little crock with a well executed single flower. Near mint condition with a very thin flake off the top of the mouth and a fine hairline through the handle. This hairline is nearly invisible. Super clean. Strongly marked.


SW026 Flack & Van Arsdale – Cornwall
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $400

A 2 gal jug from Flack & Van Arsdale Cornwall Ontario. This is a beautiful example. I rarely call any crock mint, but this one is flawless. Even the handle and mouth edge are perfect. Orange-peel texture to the heavy salt-glaze. The bird design is well executed. The line you see mid body is from the turning.


SW027 Brantford Potteries Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $425

The following two lots feature pitchers which I believe are early examples from the Brantford Potteries. This first pitcher is identical to one marked Woodyatt & Co and pictured in Webster’s Early Canadian Pottery, pg. 176. This is large 2 gal example. 10″ tall. When I got this piece, it has a 1″ chip off the rim next to the handle and a potstone on the edge of one panel. This has been professionally restored. 5″ tight hairline crack down the right side has been stabilized. Remarkably, the ornate handle was perfect. Displays beautifully. This is a scarce item, as even unmarked examples do not turn up commonly.


SW028 Brantford Potteries Pitcher
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A second smaller unmarked Brantford pitcher. A one gal size standing just over 8 1/2″. Note the similarities in form and decoration to the previous lot. When I got this one, it had a 2″ section of the rim with three small pieces poorly glued-in. There was also a 1″ chip off the rim. This has been professionally restored. The piece displays beautifully. A scarce item in any condition.


SW029 Aultsville Milkpan
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $220

A redware milkpan from the Aultsville Potteries. A large pan, 15″ in diameter and a bit less than 5″ tall. The milky glaze has a strong violet tone. The veining is typical of Aultsville pieces. Excellent condition. Some hairline cracking on the base. 1″ chip off the under-side of the rim. Note the rim profile, also an Aultsville trait. This piece is solid and rings when struck. The survival rate of milkpans was very poor. This is the first one I have seen in good condition that can be solidly attributed to the Aultsville Potteries.


SW030 Aultsville Molasses Jug
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $450

A 1 gal redware jug from the Aultsville Potteries. 9″ tall. This style of molasses jug is one of my favourites. I have always liked the form with the pour spout lip. The two tone glaze is typical of Aultsville molasses jugs. This one is an exceptional example. The glaze has a lot of character. Mint condition. These jugs are notorious for damage. This is the best one I have ever handled.


SW031 Furlong – Saint John
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A 1/2 gal jug from Thomas Furlong Saint John New Brunswick. Just under 10″ tall. 1/2″ hairline in the top of the mouth front. Hairline through the bottom of the handle. Otherwise very good. Nice clean crock with heavily incised stamp.


SW032 Goold – Brantford CW
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: Not

A 3 gal jug from F.P. Goold, Brantford Canada West. A large bold single flower. Excellent condition. Heavy stain has darkened the body in an uneven fashion.


SW033 Flack & Van Arsdale – Cornwall
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $300

A pretty 2 gal butter crock unmarked but clearly from the Flack & Van Arsdale Pottery of Cornwall Ontario. 9 1/2″ tall. Well executed bird design. Mint condition. Rings like a bell!


SW034 Welding – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A 2 gal jug from W.E. Welding Brantford, Ontario. This one has character to spare. Great double flower design. Heavily stamped “2” gal measure. Second line of writing completely out of alignment. Near mint condition. The handle is quite slender for such a big jug, and yet, it is undamaged. Aside from a couple of potstone marks, this one is perfect.


SW035 Eberhardt – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A 1 gal jug from Nicholas Eberhardt Toronto Ontario. 11″ tall. Great full-bodied form. Lovely single flower that has an almost cartoonish character. Well stamped. 1/2″ flat flake off the left side of the mouth. Otherwise excellent.


SW036 Welding – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $210

A 2 gal jug from W.E. Welding Brantford, Ontario. Single flower with a dramatic tilt and plenty of leaves. Heavy salt-glaze gives the piece a nice texture. Near mint with only minor imperfections.


SW037 Welding – Brantford
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $160

A 3 gal butter crock from W.E. Welding Brantford Ontario. Dead mint. Rings like a bell!


SW038 Tillson – Tilsonburg
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A small spittoon with shell pattern base-marked F.B. Tilson Tilsonburg Ontario. Attractive Rockingham glaze. Near mint with only minor imperfections.


SW039 Miniature Churn
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A lovely miniature churn complete with lid and dasher. 5 1/2″ tall. Churn is mint. Top has been broken and glued. Likely a salesman’s sample or a toy. Made by one of the Ohio Potteries, which sold wares widely in Ontario circa. 1920s.


SW040 Aultsville Jar
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $275

A 1/2″ gal jar with lid from the Aultsville Potteries. 8 1/4″ tall. Terrific glaze with lots of colour variation. Veining typical of this pottery’s ware. The lid is original and a perfect match for the glaze. 1/2″ flat flake and a couple of fine hairlines in the rim. Minor stuff.


SW041 Aultsville Cream Pot
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $210

A 1/2 gal cream pot from the Aultsville Potteries. 7 1/4″ tall. Green glaze with lots of character. 3″ fine hairline down from the rim. Otherwise excellent.


SW042 Elliott – Aultsville
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $110

A billhead from Willim Elliott’s Aultsville Pottery. A long time ago, a collector of Aultsville pottery was at an auction in the area of Aultsville. The town site is under the St. Lawrence seaway. There was no pottery at the sale, but there was a lot of early material, including some books. One was a standard school geography book from the 1850s. For no particular reason, the collector opened the book to find an inscription by William Elliott dated 1855. He opened the book further and found several of these billheads tucked between the pages. Original billheads from early Ontario potteries are incredibly hard to find, particularly from smaller local operations. This billhead gives us a glimpse into the wares of a small earthenware pottery. Note there are only eight items listed. These were the stock and trade of most nineteenth century potters. Excellent condition. The left corner is folded over and there are a couple of minor tears.


SW043 Redware Jug
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $50

A full-bodied 1/4″ gal redware jug. 7 1/4″ This one came from a collection assembled in Eastern Ontario. I do not recognize the pottery. The lip finish is unusual with the stepping. A bold red glaze with a metallic finish. Near mint with a few tiny nibbles off the mouth edge.