ANTIQUE AMERICAN REDWARE Auction Highlights

Pair of Shenandoah Valley Redware Whippet Dogs, Signed "Samuel Bell / Winchester Sept 21 1841"
$115,000
Pair of Shenandoah Valley Redware Whippet Dogs, Signed "Samuel Bell / Winchester Sept 21 1841"
WORLD AUCTION RECORDS: VIRGINIA POTTERY (By Lot), SHENANDOAH VALLEY POTTERY (By Lot)
07/20/2013
Anthony Baecher (BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA) Redware Sugar Bowl
$47,150
Anthony Baecher (BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA) Redware Sugar Bowl
07/21/2012
Matched Pair of Redware Spaniels, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA
$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
Alamance County, North Carolina, Redware Sugar Jar, c1800
$35,650
Alamance County, North Carolina, Redware Sugar Jar, c1800
07/19/2014
Anthony W. Bacher / 1879 Winchester, Virginia, Redware Wallpocket
$35,650
Anthony W. Bacher / 1879 Winchester, Virginia, Redware Wallpocket
03/08/2008
Mollie C. Mackley Redware Memorial Urn, "made by Anthony Bacher 1873," Thurmont, MD
$34,500
Mollie C. Mackley Redware Memorial Urn, "made by Anthony Bacher 1873," Thurmont, MD
07/19/2008
Probably Pennsylvania Redware Santa Claus Bank
$33,000
Probably Pennsylvania Redware Santa Claus Bank
05/21/2005
C.A. HAUN, Greene County, TN Redware Jar
$29,900
C.A. HAUN, Greene County, TN Redware Jar
04/10/2010
J. EBERLY & CO. / STRASBURG, VA Redware Pitcher & Washbowl Set
$29,900
J. EBERLY & CO. / STRASBURG, VA Redware Pitcher & Washbowl Set
11/03/2007
Adam Ownhouse, Pennsylvania Redware Inkstand
$28,750
Adam Ownhouse, Pennsylvania Redware Inkstand
03/05/2011
Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher & Washbowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA
$25,875
Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher & Washbowl Set, attrib. J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA
03/08/2008
"Solomon Bell / Winchester" Virginia Redware Whippet, c1840
$25,300
"Solomon Bell / Winchester" Virginia Redware Whippet, c1840
07/19/2014
Slip-Decorated Redware Plate, Shenandoah Valley (Strasburg, VA)
$25,300
Slip-Decorated Redware Plate, Shenandoah Valley (Strasburg, VA)
03/08/2008
Great Road Pottery Lidded Redware Jar (Tennessee / Virginia)
$23,000
Great Road Pottery Lidded Redware Jar (Tennessee / Virginia)
11/03/2012
Exceptional Redware Flask
$23,000
Exceptional Redware Flask
11/02/2013
Moravian (Salem, NC) Earthenware Fish Flask / Bottle
$23,000
Moravian (Salem, NC) Earthenware Fish Flask / Bottle
11/02/2013
BAECHER / WINCHESTER VA Redware Bird, Made by Anthony Bacher
$19,800
BAECHER / WINCHESTER VA Redware Bird, Made by Anthony Bacher
10/30/2004
Bell Family, Shenandoah Valley (attrib. Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA) Redware Dog
$19,550
Bell Family, Shenandoah Valley (attrib. Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA) Redware Dog
03/01/2014
John Bell Redware Dog Figure
$19,550
John Bell Redware Dog Figure
03/05/2011
Early Hagerstown, MD Redware Bowl, attributed to Peter Bell
$18,400
Early Hagerstown, MD Redware Bowl, attributed to Peter Bell
07/11/2009
BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA Redware Cream Pitcher
$17,825
BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA Redware Cream Pitcher
03/08/2008
Pennsylvania Redware Lion Figure
$15,525
Pennsylvania Redware Lion Figure
03/21/2009
Moravian Redware Squirrel Bottle, attrib. Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC
$15,525
Moravian Redware Squirrel Bottle, attrib. Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC
01/30/2010
"Henry Watkins / 1852," Guilford or Randolph County, North Carolina Redware Jar
$15,525
"Henry Watkins / 1852," Guilford or Randolph County, North Carolina Redware Jar
03/03/2012
JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Redware Flower Urn & Saucer, Bright Green Glaze
$14,950
JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Redware Flower Urn & Saucer, Bright Green Glaze
11/03/2007
JOHN BELL, Waynesboro, PA Redware Whippet Dog
$14,950
JOHN BELL, Waynesboro, PA Redware Whippet Dog
01/30/2010
Anthony Baecher Shenandoah Valley Redware Holy Water Font
$14,950
Anthony Baecher Shenandoah Valley Redware Holy Water Font
01/30/2010
S. Bell Redware Picture Frame, attrib. Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA
$13,800
S. Bell Redware Picture Frame, attrib. Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA
05/19/2007
Norwalk, CT Redware Loaf Dish Inscribed "Blessed are the Poor in spirit for thars is the kingdom of heven"
$13,800
Norwalk, CT Redware Loaf Dish Inscribed "Blessed are the Poor in spirit for thars is the kingdom of heven"
07/19/2014
Sgraffito Redware Plate, Southeastern PA
$13,800
Sgraffito Redware Plate, Southeastern PA
11/02/2013
Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glaze Redware Washbowl, S. Bell & Sons
$13,750
Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glaze Redware Washbowl, S. Bell & Sons
05/20/2006
Redware Cat Figure, attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg
$12,100
Redware Cat Figure, attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg
10/30/2004
Samuel Bell Strasburg 1844 Shenandoah Valley Redware Whippet
$12,075
Samuel Bell Strasburg 1844 Shenandoah Valley Redware Whippet
11/01/2008
Shenandoah Valley Redware Lamb Group, attributed to Solomon Bell
$11,550
Shenandoah Valley Redware Lamb Group, attributed to Solomon Bell
11/05/2005
Redware Harvest Jug, Signed "Anthony W. Bacher / 1872," probably Thurmont, MD
$11,500
Redware Harvest Jug, Signed "Anthony W. Bacher / 1872," probably Thurmont, MD
07/20/2013
Whately, Massachusetts Redware Jar by Lemuel A. Wait for his Future Wife, Louisa Dickenson
$10,925
Whately, Massachusetts Redware Jar by Lemuel A. Wait for his Future Wife, Louisa Dickenson
07/19/2014
Attrib. Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD Redware Dish
$10,350
Attrib. Peter Bell, Hagerstown, MD Redware Dish
11/02/2013
Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Wall Pocket, attrib. J. Eberly, Strasburg, VA
$9,775
Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glazed Redware Wall Pocket, attrib. J. Eberly, Strasburg, VA
07/19/2014
Moravian Redware Bear Bottle, attrib. Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC
$9,775
Moravian Redware Bear Bottle, attrib. Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC
01/30/2010
Anthony Baecher, Winchester, VA Redware Pitcher
$9,625
Anthony Baecher, Winchester, VA Redware Pitcher
07/17/2004
JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO, Pennsylvania Redware Spaniel Dog
$9,200
JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO, Pennsylvania Redware Spaniel Dog
10/31/2009
Redware Eagle Vase, attrib. John Betts Gregory, Clinton, Oneida County, NY
$9,200
Redware Eagle Vase, attrib. John Betts Gregory, Clinton, Oneida County, NY
11/02/2013
SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va Redware Pitcher
$9,200
SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va Redware Pitcher
05/19/2007
Redware Inkwell made for Dr. Seymour Halsey in Sparta, NJ, 1824
$9,200
Redware Inkwell made for Dr. Seymour Halsey in Sparta, NJ, 1824
11/03/2007
"Henry Grady / 1843," Shanksville, Somerset County, PA Redware Pottery Inkwell
$9,200
"Henry Grady / 1843," Shanksville, Somerset County, PA Redware Pottery Inkwell
01/30/2010
Diminutive North Carolina Redware Dish with Brown and Cream Slip Spotted Decoration
$9,200
Diminutive North Carolina Redware Dish with Brown and Cream Slip Spotted Decoration
10/29/2011
Great Road Redware Pottery Jug, probably Sullivan County, TN
$9,075
Great Road Redware Pottery Jug, probably Sullivan County, TN
11/05/2005
BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA (Anthony Bacher) Redware Pottery Pitcher
$8,625
BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA (Anthony Bacher) Redware Pottery Pitcher
07/21/2012
"Charles Laubach / Durham PA / 1810 Pattern / Singer Bros," Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA Redware Plate
$8,625
"Charles Laubach / Durham PA / 1810 Pattern / Singer Bros," Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA Redware Plate
07/19/2014
Shenandoah Redware Wallpocket, probably S. Bell & Sons
$8,525
Shenandoah Redware Wallpocket, probably S. Bell & Sons
11/04/2006
Pennsylvania Redware Jar, Dated 1808
$8,338
Pennsylvania Redware Jar, Dated 1808
03/02/2013
Great Road Pottery Redware Lidded Jar
$8,050
Great Road Pottery Redware Lidded Jar
04/10/2010
Redware Dog Figure, attrib. Anthony W. Baecher, Adams County, PA, Thurmont, MD, or Winchester, VA
$8,050
Redware Dog Figure, attrib. Anthony W. Baecher, Adams County, PA, Thurmont, MD, or Winchester, VA
03/02/2013
"A.W. Bacher," Winchester, VA Redware Jug
$7,705
"A.W. Bacher," Winchester, VA Redware Jug
03/21/2009
William Smith, Bridgeton, NJ Redware Bank
$7,700
William Smith, Bridgeton, NJ Redware Bank
05/21/2005
Redware Conestoga Wagon Bank, probably PA
$7,590
Redware Conestoga Wagon Bank, probably PA
01/30/2010
J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Vase
$7,475
J. Eberly & Co., Strasburg, VA Redware Vase
01/30/2010
Fat-Bodied Multi-Glazed Redware Cream Pitcher, attrib. S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA
$7,475
Fat-Bodied Multi-Glazed Redware Cream Pitcher, attrib. S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA
03/02/2013
Early Redware Jar, Dated 1784
$7,150
Early Redware Jar, Dated 1784
07/17/2004
Redware Figure of a Detailed House, probably Pennsylvania
$6,900
Redware Figure of a Detailed House, probably Pennsylvania
07/16/2011
J. Eberly & Co. / Strasburg, VA Shenandoah Valley Redware Washbowl Pitcher
$6,820
J. Eberly & Co. / Strasburg, VA Shenandoah Valley Redware Washbowl Pitcher
11/05/2005
Dryville, PA (Berks County) Redware Plate
$6,325
Dryville, PA (Berks County) Redware Plate
07/19/2014
Moravian Redware Pottery Squirrel Bottle, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, c1804-29
$6,325
Moravian Redware Pottery Squirrel Bottle, Rudolph Christ, Salem, NC, c1804-29
07/19/2014
A large percentage of American stoneware potters also produced redware (basically a modern collecting term for common American earthenware), but there were far more redware potters in the United States than there were stoneware ones. The skill and overall investment in making stoneware--and difficulty of procuring satisfactory stoneware clay--made it tough to start a stoneware enterprise, and it was often the case that American redware potters were not even primarily potters. Instead, they were farmers or other tradespeople looking to supplement their income while filling a need for their community. Stoneware needs appropriate clay to be able to reach the high temperature that turns the clay into, essentially, stone, and one advantage of stoneware over earthenware was that the stone body prevented liquid from leaching through the surface. Conversely, earthenware is a low-fired pottery that is porous even after firing, and required a lead glaze on at least the interior to prevent seepage. These lead glazes were understood to be toxic early in American history, and this was one reason for the growth of the American stoneware industry as the nineteenth century commenced. While the maker or area of origin contributes to the value of American redware, the most valuable pieces tend to be those with colorful or elaborate glazes / designs, and those of unusual forms--and you will notice this as you browse our previous auction highlights above.