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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