Pottery by the Martin Brothers, produced between the late 19th century and early 20th century, were playful Victorian-style vessels and figures. Rago’s upcoming auction of Martin Brothers from the Andrew Furer and Elle Douglas Collection, presents 28 vibrantly-colored tobacco jars, jugs, and clocks.
Those looking for a tobacco jar have several options. The piece with the highest estimated value is a triple-bird tobacco jar, produced in 1914. The two birds on the side are embraced by the outstretched wings of the bluebird in the center. A similar piece with more defined colors is a double-bird tobacco jar. The two birds exchange a loving glance and, as previously mentioned, their colors appear more striking than the previous lot.
Outside of tobacco jars is a clock produced by Robert Martin in 1875. It contains intricate details, including the Nettle fold coat of arms. The lot’s condition report notes a few small imperfections in the piece that should be studied before bidding. Another eye-catching piece is a double-sided face jug also created by Robert Martin. One of the faces opens its mouth as if it is about to comment. Meanwhile, the other face looks over at the jug’s spout. Interested collectors can register to bid online on Bidsquare.
# of Lots:28
Price Range:$350 to $75,000
Interesting lots include:
|MARTIN BROTHERS Triple bird tobacco jar
|MARTINWARE Double bird tobacco jar
|MARTIN BROTHERS Two Toby dog tobacco jars
|MARTIN BROTHERS Rare clock with grotesques
|MARTIN BROTHERS Large double-sided face jug