Published: September 7, 2004
Good pottery heated up the salesroom at Garth’s July 30-31, when a rare New York stoneware cooler with a mermaid decoration realized $63,250 from a New Jersey collector. Another New York stoneware cooler marked “Spencer” and decorated with blue vines and applied grapes fetched $18,975.
Ohio pottery was also deemed desirable by bidders, who drove a dog with a glaze that auctioneer Tom Porter described as “a marvelous green-blue, like Bennington flint” to sell for $8,115. Porter said it helped that the dog had a smiling countenance, “people like animals, but they need to be smiling,” he noted. A brown Anna Pottery pig was $6,610.
Ohio sewer tile pieces were of interest as well, and bought strong prices. A 22-inch sewer tile planter in brown went for $661, and a sewer tile lion and a figural group of two rabbits and a tree trunk each realized $632.50.
The variety of stoneware across the block interested bidders also: a stoneware crock fetched $949, a jug stamped “Boston” realized $719 and a bottle went for $460.
Choice redware was also desirable, as a loaf pan brought $1,150 and a pie plate was $633.
Several country furniture pieces attracted strong money, as a cupboard in curly cherry and maple brought $3,450 and a poplar server elicited $920. A Windsor chair in birch and pine realized $1,495 while a miniature blanket chest in red wash went for $1,150. Six decorated side chairs were $1,150 and a two-drawer stand in birch with curly maple drawers sold for $973.
A pair of Satsuma vases went for $3,565, and a decorated pantry box realized $2,013, while a tole match safe was $2,138 and a heart-shaped tin colander garnered $546.
All prices quoted reflect the flat 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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