MLA Auction 50 – Fall 2020 – Pottery

Closed Sat Oct 31 at 6pm ET.

SW001 Lazier – Picton CW
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range:$2000-3000
Sold: $6500

When George Lazier took ownership of the Picton Pottery in 1864, it was already a successful business, established fifteen years early by the Hart family. George Lazier was related, having married Samuel Hart’s daughter. George Lazier ran the pottery from 1864 to 1879. Crocks from this period decorated with birds are scarce and the birds are generally of one type. This is no ordinary Lazier bird crock. Yes, there are two crossed birds, which is extremely rare, but the style of the birds is also unusual for Lazier. Note the dots on the birds’ bodies. This is something more commonly seen on birds from the period when Skinner owned the pottery. Of course, potters and decorators stayed-on through the changes in ownership. The added element of a watch-spring or bowtie design below the birds also makes this one special. This is a large 5 gal butter crock. 11 1/2″ tall. A crack down the left side has been professionally stabilized and restored. The restoration is high quality though a line remains visible. The crock is solid and has a good ring to it. Otherwise the overall condition is excellent. The rim and handles are intact and clean. None of the staining you commonly see with butter crocks. Displays beautifully! If you own one Lazier Picton Canada West crock, it should be this one.


SW002 Farrar – St Johns
Minimum Bid: $1000
Range: $1500-2000
Sold: $2550

Given the relatively large-scale business that was potting in St. Johns Quebec, there are oddly few crocks with bird decorations. This 2 gal jug is an exceptional example. In 1866, George W. Farrar transfered control of the St Johns pottery to his eldest son George Henry Farrar. A couple of years later, Lucius E. Farrar (another of George W’s sons) joined his brother in business. Together, they operated under the name G.H. & L.E. Farrar from approximately 1868 to 1875. The bird decoration on this jug is extremely rare. While I have seen a handful of St Johns crocks with this folky bird, this is by far the most elaborate with the addition of a stylized flower. Heavy lip damage with a large piece missing from the back and two hairline cracks. The chip could easily be restored. Otherwise excellent condition. The handle is intact and free of cracks. There is a large kiln mark on the handle where it touched another piece in the kiln. Some fry to the cobalt decoration. 14 1/2″ tall. I have never seen another bird crock from this partnership.


SW003 Aultsville Slip Cup
Minimum Bid: $1500
Range: $2000-3000
Current Bid: DNMR

I am pleased this auction to offer some very fine pieces of Aultsville pottery from the Doug Goode collection. Doug has collected Austsville pottery for a long time, and even went diving (with a permit) on the site of the pottery. Years ago I attended a Tim Potter and Cecil Knight auction down on the St Lawrence river, someplace East of Cornwall, not far from Aultsville. Doug was there and he was excited! I asked him why and he told me about this wonderful slip cup. How it had been purchased from a descendant of the Elliotts. How he had tried so many times to buy it, but the owner refused to sell. He bought it that day, a day long before I began paying attention to pottery and the history of the trade in early Canada. In the 1840s, the Elliott family established a pottery in Aultsville Canada West. John, William and Alexander Elliott potted in the area for nearly sixty years. They enjoyed some success, sending much of their ware up the rail line from Prescott into the Ottawa Valley. One of the best pieces of early Canadian earthenware known is an elaborate harvest ring from John Elliott, dated 1846, in the collection of the Canadian Museum of History. This slip cup is certainly from the Elliott pottery. In addition to the strong provenance, the glaze has many of the characteristics of Elliott pottery, especially the earthy glaze tones and slightly metallic gloss. The Elliotts used slips cups to decorate their wares. The potter would fill the cup with glaze while holding a finger over a hole in the spout. Removing the finger, he could drip glaze on a piece to decorate it. This slip cup is about the size of a softball, 6″ long and 3 1/4″ tall at the spout. It is a crudely formed cup with a hole cut in the top. The spout resembles a large nipple, with a hole in the end. The glaze is a mottled brown with a high-gloss slightly metallic finish. Condition is near mint. No damage to speak of. Potstone in the rear, minor glaze loss. Basically perfect. Potters’ tools from this era of potting in Canada are incredibly rare, as most were used-up and discarded when broken. Your chance to own a veritable museum piece.


SW004 Aultsville Jar
Minimum Bid: $300
Range: $400-600
Sold: $325

This Aultsville jar is typical of one of their styles. Heavily mottled glaze in deep greens and browns. Heavy veining. Crudely potted. This one has an attractive heavy sag. A gal or gal and a half size. 10″ tall. Near mint with a couple of minor glaze flakes. As crude and beautiful as they come from this pottery.


SW005 Aultsville 1/2 Gal Jug
Minimum Bid: $300
Range: $400-600
Sold: $750

The pottery produced in Aultsville varies a lot in its colour and character. No doubt the pottery produced a range of coloured glazes catering to the tastes of their customers. One of the nicest glazes produced by the Elliotts has a wonderful mix of reds and creams. The glaze is often heavily veined. This 1/2 gal jug is a beautiful example. 9 1/2″ tall. Near mint with only minor imperfections. Several marks in the glaze from pieces touching in the filn. Attractive heavy gloss finish. Does not get any better!


SW006 Aultsville 1/2 Gal Jug
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $450

A fat-bodied 1/2 gal jug from the Aultsville Pottery. Deep red clay covered in a milky glaze. Lots of streaking and character to this one. Near mint with one large potstone on the shoulder. 9 3/4″ tall.


SW007 Presley – Orangeville
Minimum Bid: $500
Range: $800-1000
Sold: Not

A rare figural bank from the Presley Brick company of Orangeville Ontario. Original red paint and good surface. Near mint condition. Few of these have survived, since you were meant to break the bank to retrieve the coins. 3 1/2″ tall and 4″ long. Only the second example I have handled in 20 years.


SW008 Harrison’s Monastic Ink
Minimum Bid: $500
Range: $800-1000
Sold: $900

Fredrick Harrison patented this inkwell in the shape of a monk in 1842. Some variants are incised “Monastic Ink”. 422 Strand is the address from which Harrison operated in London England. 3 1/4″ tall. Excellent condition. Notice in the last pic there are two very fine hairlines, one just below the bowl edge and another coming up from his belt to the bowl edge. These are very fine and I suspect are firing flaws rather than damage. An early and rare figural ink in great condition!


SW009 Derby Pottery – Kilsyth
Minimum Bid: $400
Range: $700-800
Sold: $1250

The hamlet of Kilsyth lies just south of Owen Sound. A pottery was first established there in 1858. Alex Sinclair leased the pottery in 1869 by which time it was known as the Derby Pottery; a name it retained until it closed in 1909. David Newlands gives quite a history of this small operation in his Early Ontario Potters, including a pricelist and a photo of the pottery building being burnt to make way for a new development. Despite operating for half a century, virtually no marked pieces are known. This 1/2 gal jug marked simply Derby is an exceedingly rare marked example from this pottery. The consignor gave me a article from the Orangeville newspaper, The Weekend Banner, showing David Newlands (of the Royal Ontario Museum) examining “a unique example of Derby pottery manufactured at Kilsyth , Ontario” at a meeting of the Orangeville District History Society, in September 1978. It was this exact jug he was examining. In the pottery marks section towards the end of his book, Newlands notes both Derby Pottery and Derby as marks associated with this pottery. The reference to Derby states “impresed mark on the base of an individual tea service.” Yet no pieces are pictured in the book. When I first saw this jug, I thought it was English-made. The glaze ressembles English brown ware of the mid-19th century. But that is where the similarity ends. The clay is clearly soft earthenware with a reddish tone and not hard English stoneware. Though well made, the jug is far cruder than the relatively fine English ware. I have shared pics of this jug with experts in England who say catagorically that it is not one of theirs. The stamp is not very helpful for being slightly indistinct. Is it marked DERRY or DERBY? The glaze is brown with a fine black fleck applied unevenly to the piece. Finger prints clearly visible on the base edge. The mouth is an unusual style. Having lived with this piece for a while, I am confident saying this is a piece of Derby Pottery. Just under 10″ tall. Some minor flaking to the mouth edge and a couple of potstones. Overall excellent condition.


SW010 Gillespie & Soule – St Johns
Minimum Bid: $400
Range: $600-800
Sold: $550

In the 1840s, Moses Farrar and Warren Soule ran the St Johns Pottery. In 1852, the partnership was dissolved. For just two years (1852-54) Warren Soule continued in business, supported by capital from Henry Gillespie, a local businessman. Crocks with the Gillespie & Soule mark are extremely rare. This 2 gal jug is the first decorated example I have handled. A couple of shallow in-manufacturing flakes off the very top of the blob. Heavy kiln mark on the right top side of the decoration. A few potstones. Overall excellent condition. In 25 years, this is the first one we have offered.


SW011 Chapman – Bytown
Minimum Bid: $400
Range: $600-800
Sold: $425

A 1 gal open crock from Charles Chapman of Bytown Canada West. Bytown became Ottawa in 1855. An 1852 ad lists Mr Chapman as a market gardener and purveyor of pickles, put-up in jars, of course. In 1865, an add offers for sale Chapman’s good market garden “within a 5 minute walk of the Parliament Buildings”. Bytown in the 1850s was little more than a lumber town and military garrison. Crocks marked Bytown are rare. This small crock, just over 8″ tall, was likely made by the Hart Pottery in Ogdensburg NY, from whence came virtually all the early stoneware supplied to the region. This piece has an attractive milk chocolate brown glaze with a high metallic gloss. Faint hairline cracking along the base edge and bottom. Solid intact piece that looks great. You never see Bytown objects for sale, as they represent the very earliest period of European settlement in the Ottawa area.


SW012 Berube & Roy – Ottawa
Minimum Bid: $400
Range: $600-800
Sold: $400

A 3 gal jug from J.O. Berube & Roy, grocer, wine & spirit merchant, Ottawa. The jug was made by the Flack & Van Arsdale Pottery in Cornwall Ontario and displays a beautiful bird decoration. A crude jug with quite a visible sag in the neck from the firing process. 14 1/2″ tall. Couple of base edge separation chips and a potstone on the handle. Real minor stuff. Overall excellent condition. Bird crocks from Ottawa area merchants are rare.


SW013 Eby – Conestogo
Minimum Bid: $500
Range: $800-1000
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 example has a great look to it 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.


SW014 Redware Salt
Minimum Bid: $400
Range: $600-800
Sold: $250

This tiny open bowl was found in Windsor Ontario. It is made from dark red clay. The glaze is orange with a brown fleck. Two turned lines circle the body. I believe there is a good chance this is an Eby piece. The clay is the right colour. Eby used an orange glaze that is often flecked with brown and several of his mini jugs have distinctive lines in the clay similar to this one. The form is likely an open salt, a popular table piece in the 19th century. Just 2″ tall and 2 1/2″ in diameter across the mouth. Super fine hairline and some flaking to the thin mouth edge. Minor stuff.


SW015 Redware Flowerpot
Minimum Bid: $300
Range: $400-600
Sold: $1500

A small redware flowerpot from SW Ontario. Most likely Eby, though could also be Bierenstihl. Regardless, it is gorgeous. The base glaze is a rich peach colour with heavy blue green sponge decoration. A very elaborate pot with crimping in the rim, just below and on the saucer. 5 1/4″ tall and 6 1/4″ in diameter across the mouth. Couple of flakes off the rim on one side. Otherwise excellent. One of the nicest flower pots we have offered.


SW016 Redware Bowl
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $150

A small redware bowl in a fabulous Bennington style glaze. Many late 19th century potteries produced this popular glaze. I suspect this one is SW Ontario as I have seen a number of pieces with these characteristics. The base glaze is a deep peach colour with a distinctly rosy hue. The brown splotching is irregular in pattern and, in thicker bits, gives off a bluish metallic tone. Whoever made it, it is a beautiful rich varied glaze treatment. Note the inside of the bowl is peach with no sponging. The form of this bowl is unusual. It resembles a large cereal bowl, but was certainly just a small general purpose bowl. It is 9 1/4″ in diameter and 3 3/4″ tall. Heavy weight. Note the number “6” or “9” pressed into the base. Excellent condition. Some heavy wear on the inside from use, a flat 1/2″ shallow flake off the inside rim. Honest wear. A sweet litte redware bowl in a striking glaze.


SW017 Detlor & Scott – Napanee
Minimum Bid: $300
Range: $400-600
Sold: $425

A 4 gal jug from Detlor & Scott, chemists & druggists, Napanee. The jug was made the Flack & Van Arsdale pottery in Cornwall, Ontario. Quite a nice example of their double flower decoration. Near mint with just a couple of firing potstones. This is a large jug, 17″ tall. Sorry but no shipping available on this one. Pick-up or drop-off only.


SW018 Carson – Picton
Minimum Bid: $300
Range: $400-600
Sold: Not

A 5 gal butter crock made for W.A. Carson of Picton Ontario. Made by the Hart Brothers & Lazier Pottery of Belleville Ontario (1879-1887). Some very light spaulding. Heavy calcium deposits on the inside, from being used as a planter. Overall excellent condition. 12 1/2″ tall.


SW019 Gray & Betts – Tilsonburg
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $1050

A gorgeous 2 gal cream crock from Gray & Betts, Tilsonburg Ontario. I have always loved this dramatic floral decoration. It looks amazing on this tall narrow crock. This style of TIlsonburg crock is quite scarce and very tough to find in good condition. This one is near mint. A stellar piece!


SW020 Flack & Van Arsdale – Cornwall
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $375

A 2 gal butter crock decorated with a beautiful vase full of flowers from the Flack & Van Arsdale Pottery of Cornwall Ontario. A particularly nice example of this scarce design. 3″ fine hairline at the very rear. Minor stuff. Perfect rim and handles. Super clean. Nice small size that suits the decoration. 9″ tall.


SW021 Lazier – Picton CW
Minimum Bid: $250
Range: $400-500
Sold: $250

A 3 gal jug from G.A. Lazier Picton Canada West. Very fine example of a bowtie design with added embelishment. This crock has a pleasant colour. 1/2″ flake off the mouth left side. Three heavy chips off the base edge front. Overall very good condition. Displays beautifully!


SW022 Miller – Napanee CW
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $425

A 1 gal crock marked: “W. MILLER, DEALER IN, WINES & LIQUORS, NAPANEE, CW.” 8 7/8″ tall. Mint condition.


SW023 Galer – Caledonia
Minimum Bid: $250
Range: $400-500
Sold: $325

A 2 gal jug from W. Galer Caledonia Ontario. The jug is likely from the Brantford Pottery, given the style of floral decoration. Heavy 2″ scrape down the right side and a couple of smaller minor scrapes rear. Perfect mouth and handle. Clean glaze. A nice looking crock with a scarce mark.


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

A 1 gal tomato jar from McGlade & Schuler Paris, Ontario. According to Newlands, Henry Schuler moved to Paris in 1867 and worked for J.M. Marlatt. A year later, Marlatt died and Schuler went into partnership with Peter McGlade. The partnership lasted from 1868 to 1873. Wares with the McGlade & Schuler mark are extremely rare. This is the first one I have handled in 25+ years. 4″ fine hairline rear. Otherwise excellent. 10 1/2″ tall. If you collect potters’ marks, you don’t have this one.



SW025 Massie – Guelph
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $550

A 1 gal jug from James Massie & Co, importers of groceries, liquors & C, Alma Block Gueph. James Massie was a successful merchant in Guelph in the 1860s. Strong flower decoration from the Brantford Pottery. Near mint condition. Slight separation of the handle where it meets the mouth. This is clearly in-manufacturing. Super clean early piece. 11 3/4″ tall.


SW026 Michie – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $450

A 1 gal jug from Fulton, Mitchie & Co Toronto. Four beautiful deep blue lines of writing. Double flower decoration from the Brantford pottery. Excellent condition with a couple of minor thin flakes off the mouth. Heavy blob of saltglaze on the front. 12″ tall.


SW027 Schuler – Paris
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $200

A 2 gal jug from Henry Schuler Paris Ontario. Lovely double flower decoration. Couple of flakes off the mouth and a large potstone in the body. Minor stuff. Overall excellent condition. 14 1/2″ tall.


SW028 Warner – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $200

While unmarked, this 4 gal butter crock is definitely made in Toronto by William Warner or Nicholas Eberhardt. Decorated with a great example of their sunflower. 4″ crack up from the base. Otherwise excellent. 12″ tall.



SW029 McDonald – Mitchell
Minimum Bid: $200
Range: $300-400
Sold: $200

A tiny 1/8 of a gal tomato jar from Thomas McDonald of Mitchell Ontario. Mitchell is a village just north west of Stratford. Just about the smallest marked crock you are likely to see. 6″ tall. Near mint with lots of character to the glaze from firing.



SW030 Scott – Woodstock
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $160

A 1 gal jug with a lovely full-bodied form from James Scott Woodstock Ontario. 11″ tall. Based on the floral design, I suspect it was made by FB Tillson of Tilsonburg. This crock had a large chip off the front of the lip, which has been professionally restored. The quality of the restoration is very high. Otherwise excellent. Perfect handle. Super clean. A sweet little jug.


SW031 Portland Cement Co – Matchsafe
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $210

A highly decorated and most unusual matchsafe souvenir from the Portland Cement Company. The company operated in Shallow Lake Ontario from 1884-1913 and by 1900 employed 200 men. The Butchard’s who owned the business moved to British Columbia in 1904. Jenny Butchart would establish the renowned Butchard Gardens there. This matchsafe is highly ornate, featuring Samson making short-work of another lion. You have to love a cement company that makes biblical allusions. Note that both Owen Sound and Shallow Lake Ontario are mentioned on either side. 4″ tall and 4 1/4″ wide. Excellent condition. 1/4″ thin flake off the empty barrel edge, plus a couple of nibbles. Minor stuff. The piece looks great. An ornate and rare matchsafe with a lot of history.


SW032 Brown – St John
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $150

A 1/2 gal tomato or oyster jar from F.C. Brown, crockery merchant, St. John New Brunswick. Near mint condition. Great drip of glaze down the front. 9″ tall.


SW033 Skinner – Picton CW
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $230

A 2 gal molasses jug from Skinner & Co Picton Canada West. I have always loved this style of jug for the oversized pouring lip. Mint example. Just under 12″ tall.


SW034 Robertson Bros – Kingston
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $150

A 4 gal butter crock from Kingston. While the full mark is ineligible, I am fairly certain it is Robertson Brothers. The crock was made by the Flack & Van Arsdale Pottery in Cornwall Ontario. Heavily cracked and professionally restored. The work is quite good, though the damage remains visible from the inside. 11 3/4″ tall.


SW035 Vermont Pottery Bank
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $300

Charles Wight worked at a pottery in Burlington, Vermont. His infant daughter, Linette E. Wight, died in October 1866 just a few months shy of her second birthday. This bank was likely made as a present for her first and only birthday. Condition is very good, though the top halve of the peek broke off at some time and was poorly reglued. Would benefit from a proper restoration. Otherwise excellent. 7″ tall.


SW036 Pair of Belleville 1/4 gals
Minimum Bid: $150
Range: $200-300
Sold: $350

This lot contains two 1/4″ gal jugs. The left one is a Wallbridge & Clarke from Belleville Ontario. Professional restoration to the mouth. Otherwise excellent. The right one is a Wesley Bullen, grocer and wine merchant from Belleville & Trenton. Mint condition. Each is about 8″ in height.


SW037 Large Aultsville Bowl
Minimum Bid: $100
Range: $150-200
Sold: $110

The Aultsville pottery produced wares that were partly glazed and, in some caes, not glazed at all. The following two lots illustrate a kind of bowl glazed on the inside only in a reddish brown slip. These resemble redware made in the Canadian Maritimes but these are certainly Aulstville. This large bowl is 15 1/4″ in diameter and 6 1/4″ tall. Excellent condition with very little wear.


SW038 Small Aultsville Bowl
Minimum Bid: $100
Range: $150-200
Sold: $110

The mate to the previous lot. This small Aultsville bowl is 10 1/8″ in diameter and 5 1/8″ tall. Despite having clearly been used as a baking dish, the condition is excellent. 2″ crack down from the rim that looks to be in-manufacturing. Again, light wear. A beautiful pair.


SW039 Newlands – Early Ontario Potters
Minimum Bid: $50
Range: $75-100
Sold: $110

An excellent example of David L. Newlands Early Ontario Potters. This book is over 40 years old and remains the source of good research and pictures of early Ontario pottery. I consult mine regularly.