Patriotic themes step forward in Jeffrey S. Evans ceramics sale

A rare English lusterware box and cover, transfer printed printed with a scene commemorating the War of 1812 battle between the HMS Java and USS Constitution, with a Gene Fleischer collection provenance, soared to $1,265 against the $200-$300 estimate, even though the box cover had substantial restoration. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ third specialty auction of 18th and 19th century ceramics, held April 14, presented a strong group of American commemoratives, lusterware and peafowl pottery. provided Internet live bidding.

Top price of the day was the $1,610 paid for a straight-sided tall tankard printed with 15 U.S. state names in a ribbon surrounding the ode, “O Liberty thou Goddess” (Lot 322, estimate: $100-150).

British commemoratives also brought good prices in the auction, with a Staffordshire figure of a lion emblematic of Britain tromping on a Napoleonic soldier, selling for twice the high estimate, at $1,035.

British pottery popularly collected by Americans also did well highlighted by a fine mochaware pitcher bearing cat’s-eye decoration which reached $1,495.

“I was very pleased with how well the second selection of peafowl wares from the Deike collection performed,” said Evans’ ceramics specialist Jill Fenichell. The offerings in this section of the sale included miniature teapots, plates and a few small pitchers. The highest price was for a Wedgwood pottery scallop-shell-molded plate, painted with a colorful, long-tailed peafowl, which sold for $690 (Lot 138).

The next major ceramics event will be part the firm’s fine and decorative arts auction on Oct. 13 and will feature a significant private collection of R.S. Prussia and related china.

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