Rare Corliss redware leaves home after 150 years

GRAY, Maine – John Corliss’s redware pottery on the bank of the Kennebec River in Day’s Ferry produced a recorded 7,000 utilitarian items – including milk pans, platters, bean pots, bowls, and jugs – in 1867, according to his son’s diary from that year.

Only 20 years later tin, other lighter materials, and technology had put Corliss and other makers out of business, causing their wares to all but disappear from the American home. Now, more than 140 years later, 10 rare examples of this once-plentiful pottery are leaving a Day’s Ferry house in Woolwich, Corliss Jugs AT 4-16.jpgMaine, to be offered for sale at Cyr Auction Company’s April 16 Spring Americana Auction.

Rare pieces of Corliss redware, on the block after almost 150 years in a private collection.

The earthy red tones of these rare pottery pieces will be joined at auction by other spring hues and symbols, such as a whimsical hooked rug featuring the quintessential bird of spring, the robin. A large, mid-19th-century chemist’s sign in original paint with various colors, accompanied by sales receipts and a glass medicine bottle featuring the company’s name is another highlight.  Many fine quilts, painted toleware, painted furniture, Sioux beaded moccasins, Iroquois wine coasters finely embroidered with moose hair, a painted canteen collection, folk art, samplers and more round out the fine selection in this sale.

For more information, call 207-657-5253, or go online to www.cyrauction.com.

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