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Type Internet Absentee Bidding
Price Realized 64,350.00 USD
Date Sold 6/17/2017

Lot # 1088
Estimate 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD
Lead IMPORTANT ANNA POTTERY, ANNA, ILLINOIS CARVED AND
Description
DECORATED STONEWARE PRESENTATION VASE, salt-glazed with brushed cobalt highlights. The flattened, ovoid body covered with incised feathers surrounding a convex, circular reserve on each side. The neck covered with applied, individually delineated large feathers surmounted with two boldly molded eagle-head handles protruding symmetrically from the ends, each eagle’s mouth grasping a struggling fish detailed with scales and fins, a four-petal floral rosette placed on each side below the rim. The whole raised on four claw-and-ball feet terminating in individual talons. One reserve contains the presentation inscription "Amy R. Kirkpatrick / Architect and Builder / here off (sic) / Anna, Ill, Janr 1st 1886." The other reserve features a cherub-like portrait of a young girl, presumably Cornwall Kirkpatrick’s daughter Amy, with finely molded facial features and incised flowing hair. Made by master potter Cornwall Elihu Kirkpatrick (1814-1890) for his daughter Amy R. Kirkpatrick (1862-1935). 1885. 8 1/2" H, 13" W, 6" D.
Undamaged except for shallow chip to outer edge of rim near one handle. Firing separation under base, as made.
Published: Antiques & Fine Art magazine, XVI, no. 1 (2017): 174.
Literature: See Mathis - The Family, Kilns, & Stoneware of Kirkpatrick, pp. 296, 297 for the mate to this vase, made for Cornwall’s other daughter, Anna.
Provenance: Descended directly through four generations of the Kirkpatrick family as follows. Made by Cornwall Elihu Kirkpatrick (1814-1890) for his daughter Amy R. Kirkpatrick (1862-1935). To her brother Cornwall Elihu Kirkpatrick II (1852-1939). To his son Cornwall Edwin "Cornie" Kirkpatrick (1884-1972). To his wife Bertha May Thornton Kirkpatrick (1893-1981). To her grandson Cornwall Elihu Kirkpatrick IV (b. 1946). A signed letter from Cornwall IV accompanies the lot.
Catalogue Note: The brothers Wallace and Cornwall Kirkpatrick, proprietors of the Anna Pottery in Anna, Illinois, were responsible for the most important, boldly imaginative folk pottery produced in the United States during the second half of the 19th century. They are most famous for their elaborate snake-infested jugs and creative pig-form flasks, which typically carry incised Temperance-Movement-inspired inscriptions meant to elucidate the evils of drinking alcohol. In addition to being innovative potters, the Kirkpatrick brothers always remained community minded, fulfilling, over the course of their respective lives, important roles in Masonic and Odd Fellow organizations, the Anna city government, and other civic entities. This close involvement with their neighbors and families led to the production of many presentation pieces and commemorative objects in honor of special events or individuals. The recent surfacing of the presentation vase offered here represents one of the most important discoveries of Anna Pottery to date and illustrates the Kirkpatricks’ strong sense of family and place. Amy R. Kirkpatrick was the fifth child of her father’s second marriage in 1849 to Amy Vance Kirkpatrick (1823-1903), sister of his first wife who died in 1848. Never married and often referred to as "Miss Birdie", the younger Amy was an accomplished artist who worked in oils and watercolors in an impressionistic style, having studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1882-83. She exhibited at the Vincennes Gallery in Chicago and the 1885 New Orleans World’s Exposition, where she won an Honorable Mention award. Her paintings include two circa 1902 depictions of the Anna Pottery buildings and several portraits of family members. She is represented in the Illinois Women Artists Project at Bradley University. This example of Anna pottery provides a significant bridge between American utilitarian stoneware of the earlier 19th century and the more avant-garde American art pottery movement of the later 19th century. A major work with a personal connection to one of the country’s most important potting dynasties, this current discovery exudes a national sense of pride and accomplishment, and presents a story intrinsic to the true spirit of Americana and Folk Art.
Name June 17, 2017: Two-Day Americana & Fine Antiques Featuring V
Auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Type Internet Absentee Bidding
Date(s) 6/17/2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 9:30 am ET
Location 2177 Green Valley Lane
MT Crawford, VA 22841
Buyer Premium A Buyer's Premium may be added to this bid if it is successful.
Description
Featured property deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA, all proceeds to benefit the collections acquisitions funds; deaccessioned material from another Virginia museum; numerous private collections, including material from Luke and Ann Woods, Cincinnati, OH and Spruce Pine, NC; Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Umstott, Newport News, VA; Sean and Patricia Skinner, Sarasota, FL; Kurt O'Hare and Barbara O'Hare, Putnam Valley, NY; Dorothy Claypool, Alexandria, VA; Virginia Baskett Leach and the late Maurice Derby Leach, Jr., Lexington, VA; C. Richmond and the late Janet J. Gough, Newburg, MD; property descended in the family of Dr. William Miller Duncan, Staunton, VA; the Barbara Hunter Grant estate, Staunton, VA; the estate of Alyce Bohannon, Winchester, VA; plus others.

Session II on Saturday, June 17, 2017 included our usual fine selection of rare Virginia & other Southern material including an important Kentucky inlaid walnut child’s chest of drawers; 18th & 19th century American formal and country furniture; American fine & decorative arts; folk pottery including an important Anna Pottery stoneware presentation vase; Shenandoah Valley and other folk art; 15 John L. Heatwole (Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, 1948-2006) carvings; 18th & 19th century ceramics including a fine collection of dark blue American Historical Staffordshire; early lighting including fine cut overlays and iron/tin primitive; 18th & 19th century silver and pewter; &c.

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