Lot 3: IMPORTANT SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA FIGURAL EARTHENWARE INKSTAND IN FOUR PARTS
Americana & Fine Antiques
November 10, 2012
Mt. Crawford, VA, USA
Description: IMPORTANT SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA FIGURAL EARTHENWARE INKSTAND IN FOUR PARTS, lead and manganese glazed, depicting a bear seated on a D-shape slab with outstretched arms holding a ring supporting the inkwell, neck fitted with a removable sander and bear-head cover with facial features and an extended tongue, applied cole-slaw fur. Attributed to Anthony Weis Bacher/Baecher (1824-1889), Winchester, VA.
Condition Report: Excellent as-found condition for this form with the primary imperfection being the loss to neck rim, otherwise only a minor chip to one ear and much less than normal losses to fur.
Notes: Anthony Bacher is well known for producing various domestic articles in the form of bears including desk items and doorstops. This inkstand is the only recorded example comprised of four different parts.
Provenance: From a Pennsylvania private collection.Ex-collection of Edwa Wise.
Dimensions: 7" HOA, 4" x 4" base.
Literature: Parallels Comstock - Shenandoah Pottery, p. 179, figs. 4.280, 4.281.