Playful puzzle jugs may pull upwards of $1,200

MT. CRAWFORD, Va.— Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates holds its first specialty auction of 18th and 19th Century American; English; Continental; Asian Pottery & Porcelain on April 24. The sale includes a wide variety of items from English Imari; Vieux Paris (Old Paris) figural and vase forms; teawares or Chinese Export porcelain.

The sale includes a group of English & Continental Puzzle jugs, from a New York private

Rare pearlware pottery puzzle jug dated 1790, features an applied winged figure of Fame on the handle, one of only four known examples of this type of jug, carries a presale estimate of $800 to $1,000. (Photo courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans)

Rare pearlware pottery puzzle jug dated 1790, features an applied winged figure of Fame on the handle, one of only four known examples of this type of jug, carries a presale estimate of $800 to $1,000. (Photo courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans)

collection. Puzzle jugs are designed as playful ceramics, with a “secret” way to drink the beverage within the vessel without spilling its contents on the partaker. There are 18th, 19th and 20th century examples in the auction, from Portugal; France; England and Wales. The largest example is from Ewenny in Wales, and sgrafitto-decorated to commemorate “Mary Morgans ounr [sic] Thomas Thyr meker [sic]”; the lower body under the handle dated “june 19/1830.” The jug is estimated at $1,200-$1,800. The rarest is an English pearlware pottery jug, with an applied winged figure of Fame, dated 1790, one of four known examples of this type.

Among the fine Chinese Export wares is a Mandarin palette large bowl, decorated with finely-enameled figures on a mosaic-patterned ground. Dating to the 18th Century, the bowl is expected to realize $1,000-$1,500. It is one of many items being sold from the personal collection of Long Islander Lorraine Galinsky. The Galinsky home was lined with glass cabinets loaded with porcelain and glass, virtually all of which is to be sold at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates over a span of several months. The glass will be offered in future ssales in May and October, with the 20th Century ceramics set for a sale on October 1.

There are several offerings of English porcelain including 18th Century Liverpool; Worcester; Caughley; as well as large group of cobalt-blue ground 19th century wares from Coalport; Spode; Ridgway, etc. Continental wares from Nymphenburg, Paris, Meissen and Vienna, also included in the auction.

Property from a distinguished Long Island collector, who amassed a wonderful collection of Imari-decorated 19th century dinnerware, will also be auctioned. Among the highlights of this part of the sale, a group of Mason’s Ironstone dinnerwares with a deep ground and bright enamels in the Chinese-style, is expected to realize $800-$1,200. This is but one of many ironstone lots in the auction.

Haviland Limoges large vases, expected to realize $1,200 to $1,800, are each decorated with large gilt-foliate handles and finely painted with scenes inspired by Old Master paintings. (Photo courtesy Jeffresy S. Evans & Associates)

Haviland Limoges large vases, expected to realize $1,200 to $1,800, are each decorated with large gilt-foliate handles and finely painted with scenes inspired by Old Master paintings. (Photo courtesy Jeffresy S. Evans & Associates)

A pair of large Haviland and Company, Limoges porcelain vases from the Rudolph Evers Estate Collection is expected to realize $1,200-$1,800. The Rococo Revival vases are of a type of garniture vase made to display on a mantel. Haviland made such wares in France for the American market during the late 1850s-1860s. The vases, each decorated with large, gilt foliate handles, are finely painted with views inspired by Old Master paintings of Courtiers and Princesses.

The sale also includes a collection of Parian Porcelain from the Estate of Herbert Mitchell, former archivist of Columbia University’s Avery Library; ceramics de-accessioned from the Reeves Collection at Washington & Lee University and sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund; American-interest Staffordshire transferware from a California collection; a selection of Japanese ceramics from the estate of Beate Sirota Gordon; and Chinese Export porcelain from the Veronica “Ronnie” Riefler Strathmann estate.

“I’m excited about this auction which includes such a varied range of material. For the last ten years, the market has been in a state of flux, dominated by generational shifts and the movement away from decorating with ceramics as compared to buying researchable archaeological finds,” said Jill Fenichell, new ceramics specialist at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. ” auction reaches out to appeal to collectors of all kind of porcelain, from the plainest to the richest; from the mid-18th Century forward. All of the material being offered has been in private collections for years, and that always means there will be some surprises on auction day. ”

The auction preview is April 22 and 23, 10 am to 6 pm and day of sale prior to auction start. There will also be four informal gallery talks during the preview days, where various items in the auction will be discussed. These presentations will be distributed via YouTube as well.

Live internet bidding is provided through Live Auctioneers and Artfact. For further information about this auction, please call 540-434-3939 or go to the www.jeffreysevans.com website.

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