Canadian churn takes top-lot honors in annual pottery auction

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Bruce and Vicki Waasdorp have just completed their annual fall pottery auction. The sale consisted almost exclusively of American decorated stoneware and redware. But 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, JOHN O’HARA PICTON. The price realized of $34,650 is thought to be an auction record for a piece of Canadian decorated stoneware. Collectors of miniature stoneware in the 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. (All prices reflect a 10 percent buyer’s premium.)

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 one gallon Hamilton jug were offered. The one gallon Hamilton realized a price of $300. The two gallon jug from Gault Ontario realized $300 and the one from St. Thomas realized $360.

The top American stoneware lot in the sale was a highly sought after, classic folk art design. A three gallon cream pot marked LYONS with a signature star face design realized a price of $10,725.

For complete auction results plus a preview of their November auction, visit them on the web at or phone 716-759-2361.


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