Ned Foltz Redware Noahs Ark Sells For $3,570

March 15, 2024

Witman Auctioneers Inc., of Manheim, Pa., held an online auction on Feb. 29 of a contemporary redware pottery collection from Ohio. This was the second sale from the collection, and a third will be held in several weeks. The bulk of the pottery was from the Foltz Pottery of Reinholds, Pa. Ned Foltz makes redware pottery in the Pennsylvania German tradition. He is among the most skilled potters both on the wheel and with hand-built sculptural work. He holds shows at his schoolhouse studio in rural Reinholds. The following prices were realized and include a 15-percent buyers premium. The highest selling lot was an unsual Foltz Noahs Ark from 1989 bringing $3,570. A large and elaborate Foltz bird and apple tree sculpture from 2009 sold for $1,150. A Foltz stag leaping over a log sculpture dated 1999 brought $890, and a Foltz log cabin sculpture from 1999 was $750. A Foltz sgraffito-decorated floral teapot (1998) sold for $490, a Foltz miniature ring vase with bird sold for $490, and a Foltz sgraffito-decorated miniature jug sold for $270. Romaine Foltz, Neds late mother, occasionally visited his studio and, with his assistance, did hand-modeled figural work. She signed her work but didnt produce many items over the years. It is very collectible. Three very primitive miniature bear figures (2003) inscribed age 91 sold for $196. A very small angel figure, 3.5 inches high, dated 1986, achieved $299. Among the other work in the sale was a large Breininger Pottery (Robesonia, Pa.) spread wing eagle decorated charger from 1991 signed by its maker, W. Muckey, 22 inches in diameter, realizing $350. For additional information, contact Witman Auctioneers at 717-665-5735 or visit


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