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Records for Southern and Southwestern pottery at Oct. 16th Auction

New auction record for Kentucky Pottery set at Case Antiques, Inc.  Auctions & Appraisals

Historic Jar sells for $55,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— A cobalt slip-decorated stoneware butter churn achieved a record price for Kentucky pottery at auction, selling for $55,200 (inclusive of 15% buyer’s premium) at Case Antiques Inc., Auctions & Appraisals on Oct. 16.  The auction was held at the company’s gallery in Knoxville.

The lug-handled churn, labeled “Kentucky 1836” in cobalt script, is the earliest known marked piece of Kentucky pottery. It was decorated with a cobalt flower sprig and ornamental cross-hatch incised square containing the numeral 8 (to denote its capacity in gallons). Its neck, just below the flared rim, was stamped “I Thomas” for Isaac Thomas, a potter working in around Maysville and Lexington from approximately 1834 to 1876.

The buyer was the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Case also set a new auction record for Tennessee potter Christopher Alexander Haun (1821-1861), selling a slip and copper oxide decorated redware jar stamped “C.A. Haun”  for $36,800 to a private collector.  A red-bodied jar by San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Anthony Edward Tony Da, decorated with hummingbirds and inset with turquoise stones, measuring just  6 ½” tall, soared to $35,650, also a record auction price for that Southwestern potter. It was purchased by a private collector.

A full report on the rest of the auction will be released in the coming days.