Published: October 19, 2010
Bruce and Vicki Waasdorp completed their annual fall absentee bid pottery auction on September 18. The sale consisted almost exclusively of American decorated stoneware and redware. This auction had a surprising twist as the top lot in the sale was a Canadian piece. It was a miniature “plow” flower decorated butter churn complete with dasher and guide, standing only 5 inches tall.
It was impressed with the Canadian potter’s mark, James O’Hara Picton. The price realized of $34,650 is thought to be an auction record for a piece of Canadian decorated stoneware, according to the auction house.
Collectors of miniature stoneware in the United States bid competitively against an enthusiastic Canadian contingent. The winning bid came from a prominent Canadian collector who was happy to see the piece returned to the country of origin.
There were a few other Canadian pieces in the sale that also fared well. Two vendor jugs attributed to the Welding Brantford pottery and a 1-gallon Hamilton jug were offered. The 1-gallon Hamilton realized a price of $300. The 2-gallon jug from Gault, Ontario, brought $300 and the one from St Thomas fetched $360.
The top American stoneware lot in the sale was a highly sought-after classic folk art design. A 3-gallon cream pot marked Lyons with a signature star face design realized $10,725.
Prices reported include the 10 percent buyer’s premium. For more information, www.antiques-stoneware.com or 716-759-2361.
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