JOHN BELL POTTERY Auction Highlights

Matched Pair of Redware Spaniels, Stamped

$42,550

Matched Pair of Redware Spaniels, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA

WORLD AUCTION RECORD: JOHN BELL REDWARE (By Lot)

07/20/2013

JOHN W. BELL / Waynesboro, Pa Redware Whippet Figure

$41,800

JOHN W. BELL / Waynesboro, Pa Redware Whippet Figure

WORLD AUCTION RECORD, BELL FAMILY REDWARE

05/21/2005

John Bell who, along with his sons, potted in Waynesboro, PA, is one of the primary names in the history of Pennsylvania utilitarian pottery production. Bell made stoneware, well-decorated or otherwise particularly well-executed examples of which are highly regarded by collectors and museums. (You can see some of these finer stoneware pieces above.) But John Bell is best known for his redware, covered in colorful glazes and often fashioned into interesting and unusual forms. A molded figure of a whippet dog--a form for which Bell and also his relatives down in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia are well known--made by Bell's son, John W. Bell, sold at our auction in 2005 for what remains the World Auction Record for a piece of Bell family redware (from either Waynesboro or Virginia). (For the related work of the Bell potters in Strasburg, VA see Shenandoah Valley Pottery.)

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John Bell, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania Redware Pair of Spaniels

Mark discusses a very fine pair of earthenware spaniels made at the renowned pottery of John Bell in Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. They will be sold as part of our July 22, 2017 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

John Bell (Waynesboro, PA) Redware Pottery Whippet Dog Figure

Mark displays a fine example of pottery attributable to the master potter, John Bell, of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, made around the 1840's--a figure of a whippet dog. These well-known examples of earthenware produced by John Bell and his family have long been highly sought-after by collectors, and this piece will be sold as part of our March 25, 2017 auction of antique American stoneware & redware pottery.

I. BELL (John Bell, probably Winchester, VA) Tin-Glazed Redware Jar, circa 1825

Mark discusses one of the finest examples of pottery made by the beloved John Bell we have ever handled: an extremely rare tin-glazed earthenware jar belonging to his early period of production, and probably made in Winchester, Virginia, or possibly Hagerstown, Maryland. John Bell would go on to found his prolific shop in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and this heavily-decorated, finely-potted example is an important new discovery in Mid-Atlantic ceramics. It will be sold as part of our March 19, 2016 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery.

Pair of John Bell (Waynesboro, Pennsylvania) Antique Redware Pottery Spaniels

Mark discusses a very fine pair of molded redware / earthenware spaniel dog figures made by prolific Waynesboro, Pennysylvania, potter John Bell. Other prolific Bell family members include John's father, Peter Bell (of Hagerstown, MD and Winchester, VA), and John's brothers, Solomon and Samuel Bell (of Winchester, VA and Strasburg, VA). This pair will be sold as part of our landmark July 20, 2013 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.

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