Martin Brothers, Face Jug

Face Jug
Face Jug
Face Jug
Face Jug

Martin Brothers face jugs come in three sizes, with this example being the largest at 9" tall. It's particularly fine, with a nice bright glaze and great detail. There are two faces, one smiling and the other contemplative.

Good Martin Brothers ceramics are difficult to find, so don't wait too long, because I suspect it will be gone soon. Beautiful signature on the underside. Mint condition, with no restoration.

Item #: 2611021
Price: N/A

Martin Brothers, Creature

Creature

Small but incredibly whimsical and amusing creature. Signed. 4¾ " long x 2½" tall. Restoration to several fins, upper and lower mouth and one foot.

Item #: 31126
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Martin Brothers, Double Face Jug

Double Face Jug
Double Face Jug
Double Face Jug
Double Face Jug
Double Face Jug
Double Face Jug

Good Martin Brothers stoneware has been difficult to get in the last few years, with strong competition for what little is available. I'm very pleased to be able to offer this very fine diminutive double face jug. It's got two great faces. No damage and no restoration. Signed. 4¾" tall.

Item #: 9409015
Sold for $6,850 in 2014

Martin Brothers, Double-Face Barrister Mug

Double-Face Barrister Mug
Double-Face Barrister Mug
Double-Face Barrister Mug
Double-Face Barrister Mug

Nothing makes me smile more than Martin Brothers character items. This wonderful example is quite rare with double-face barristers, both with great expressions. It measures 5" tall x 6" diameter across the handle. Superb condition, with one minute chip on the inside of the rim and a very small burst bubble on one chin. Don't wait too long on this item. Martin Brothers items sell quickly, especially when they're this good.

Item #: 2510028
Sold in 2015

Martin Brothers, Face Jug

Face Jug

Two great faces on one jug. Beautiful glaze. Signed. 6½" tall. Mint condition. (#50594)

Item #: 50594
Sold for $7,500

Martin Brothers, Imp

Imp

Grotesque salt-glazed stoneware drummer, part of a series of musicians. 4½" tall including the original wooden base. Professional restoration to left shoulder and hand. Signed. (#11167)

Item #: 11167
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Martin Brothers, Jug

Jug
Jug
Jug

What a great face on this fabulous jug.  High glaze on the face, with a matte to semigloss finish on the rest.  Really good size at 9".  Signed "Martin London".  Mint original condition.

Item #: 2103004
Sold for $6,250

Martin Brothers, Martin Brothers Face Jug

Martin Brothers Face Jug
Martin Brothers Face Jug
Martin Brothers Face Jug

I just love the Martin Brothers.  The more grotesque the item, the more I like it.  This face jug is wonderful, with a different face on each side -- one smiling with teeth showing and the other smiling with no teeth.    Fully signed and in mint original condition with a very nice glaze.  6" tall.

Item #: 2203001
Sold for $7,500

Martin Brothers, Martin Brothers Face Jug

Martin Brothers Face Jug
Martin Brothers Face Jug
Martin Brothers Face Jug

Another wonderful face jug by the Martin Bros. -- this one with two different smile expressions on the two sides.  It's darker than usual, probably because of over-firing in the kiln, but it's still great and priced more reasonably as a result.  6¾" tall.  Mint condition.

Item #: 2206025
Sold for $4,000

Martin Brothers, Miniature Grotesque Vase

Miniature Grotesque Vase
Miniature Grotesque Vase
Miniature Grotesque Vase

Martin Brothers grotesque sea creature vases are wonderful and fanciful.  This example is the single best Martin Brothers miniature vase I've ever had.  It's only 2¼" tall, but the detail is superb.  It's fully decorated all around with several creatures.  Signed and dated 1-1899.  Mint condition.

Item #: 2403004
Sold for $2,750 in 2014

Martin Brothers, Pitcher

Pitcher

Three wonderful birds adorn this fine pitcher. Beautiful glaze. Signed and dated "2-1895". 9½" tall. Mint condition except for 2" original firing flaw above the handle (visible in the photo of the other side).

Item #: 50593
Sold for $3,750

Martin Brothers, Tobacco Jar

Tobacco Jar

Large bird with great long beak and head cocked to one side. Big size at 12½" tall including the base. Fair restoration to the head which is visible in the last photo. I suggest that it can be done better.  Signed "R.W. Martin & Bro. London & Southall", undated. No restoration to body.

Item #: 50595
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Martin Brothers, Tobacco Jar

Tobacco Jar

Large bird with great expression. Big size at 13½" tall including the base. Restoration to one wing.  Signed "Martin Bro. London & Southall, 1-1894" on the base. Same signature on the head, but dated "10-1895".

Item #: 50593
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Martin Brothers, Vase

Vase

Wonderful grotesque sea creature vase. May 1893. 7½" tall. Perfect, unrestored condition.

Item #: 11185
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Martin Brothers, Vase

Vase
Vase
Vase

Grotesque vase with great sea creatures. Raised incised decoration. Great shape on this 4-sided stoneware vase. Signed and dated 2-1903. 9½" tall. Mint condition.

Item #: 50596
Sold for $7,500

Martin Brothers, Vase

Vase

Wonderful and whimsical snails and jellyfish on this 4-sided stoneware vase. Signed and dated 9-1903. 9" tall. Mint condition.

Item #: 50597
Sold for $5,950