Robert Wallace Martin (British, 1843-1923)
Also known as: Martin Brothers; Martin & BrothersBiography:
Lookup Robert Wallace Martin Pottery Values Sold at Auction
Heritage Auctions has a unique relationship with Robert Wallace Martin. We sold his piece Large Martin Brothers Glazed Stoneware Grotesque and Long Beaked Bird Jar and Cover (1884) for $81,250 in 2016 -- the most a Martin has ever commanded at auction. The exceedingly unusual jar, which features a strange-looking, heavy-lidded bird went for well over twice its high estimate. Robert Wallace Martin was known best for being one-quarter of the martin brothers who founded The Pottery -- an iconic pottery manufacturer in late 19th century England. They helped bring English ceramics out of the Victorian era and helped to modernize it into what it would eventually become: 20th-century studio pottery. While the brothers’ pottery studio lasted only a scant 40 years, their influence would be felt by generations of potters to come, making Martin’s pottery influential, brilliant, and exceedingly rare.
What type of art did Robert Wallace Martin create?
Robert Wallace Martin was one of four brothers who founded The Pottery, a pottery manufacturer in England in 1870. They were huge producers of stoneware pottery in England for almost 40 years, from the 1870s to 1914, when their shop eventually closed. They are largely credited as linking two eras, Victorian ceramics, and twentieth-century studio pottery, together -- bringing England’s
How often do Robert Wallace Martin pottery pieces come up for auction?
Pottery from the Martin brothers is exceedingly rare and valuable, pieces often stay in families for generations after they’ve been acquired. Consequently, there aren’t many pieces by Robert Wallace Martin available at auction. That said, the savvy collector should pay attention to upcoming auctions that feature a Martin piece. They are valuable, ornate, and exceedingly beautiful -- a great addition to any collection.
How much is a Robert Wallace Martin pottery piece worth?
Robert Martin’s pottery pieces often go for tens of thousands of dollars. His bird tobacco jar series sell for an average of about $25,000 dollars. Some, including Small Triple Bird Tobacco Jar (1914) from the end of his run as a potter have sold for $52,000. Many of Martin’s pieces are utilitarian and were meant for everyday home use, so to find one that is intact, in good condition, and in its original salt glaze is quite rare.
Which Robert Wallace Martin pottery piece is the most valuable?
The funny and appropriately-named Large Martin Brothers Glazed Stoneware Grotesque and Long Beaked Bird Jar and Cover (1884) sold for a whopping $81,250 by Heritage Auctions in 2016. It’s a large, unusual-looking bird with a large drooping beak and heavy lids. While not traditionally attractive, it has many of the characteristics that make Martin pottery pieces so wonderful.
What are the most famous works by Robert Wallace Martin?
Definitely, Large Martin Brothers Glazed Stoneware Grotesque and Long Beaked Bird Jar and Cover (1884) is the most famous today, but many of Martin’s pieces have long had admires both in the pottery and general art world. His series of bird tobacco jars are probably the most famous, with many of them selling for as much as $60,000 in the last ten years.
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