SHENANDOAH POTTERY 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
Stoneware Face Pitcher, attrib. Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, VA, c1840
$63,250
Stoneware Face Pitcher, attrib. Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, VA, c1840
WORLD AUCTION RECORD, BELL FAMILY POTTERY
03/03/2012
Anthony Baecher (BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA) Redware Sugar Bowl
$47,150
Anthony Baecher (BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA) Redware Sugar Bowl
07/21/2012
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
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
J. EBERLY & CO. / STRASBURG, VA Redware Pitcher & Washbowl Set
$29,900
J. EBERLY & CO. / STRASBURG, VA Redware Pitcher & Washbowl Set
11/03/2007
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
Slip-Decorated Redware Plate, Shenandoah Valley (Strasburg, VA)
$25,300
Slip-Decorated Redware Plate, Shenandoah Valley (Strasburg, VA)
03/08/2008
"Solomon Bell / Winchester" Virginia Redware Whippet, c1840
$25,300
"Solomon Bell / Winchester" Virginia Redware Whippet, c1840
07/19/2014
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
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
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
Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glaze Redware Washbowl, S. Bell & Sons
$13,750
Shenandoah Valley Multi-Glaze Redware Washbowl, S. Bell & Sons
05/20/2006
Virginia Stoneware Cobalt-Decorated Face Jug
$12,650
Virginia Stoneware Cobalt-Decorated Face Jug
07/19/2014
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
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
Anthony Baecher, Winchester, VA Redware Pitcher
$9,625
Anthony Baecher, Winchester, VA Redware Pitcher
07/17/2004
SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va Redware Pitcher
$9,200
SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va Redware Pitcher
05/19/2007
BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA (Anthony Bacher) Redware Pottery Pitcher
$8,625
BAECHER / WINCHESTER, VA (Anthony Bacher) Redware Pottery Pitcher
07/21/2012
Shenandoah Redware Wallpocket, probably S. Bell & Sons
$8,525
Shenandoah Redware Wallpocket, probably S. Bell & Sons
11/04/2006
Original Plaster Mold for Redware Spaniels, Bell Pottery, Strasburg, VA
$8,250
Original Plaster Mold for Redware Spaniels, Bell Pottery, Strasburg, VA
07/17/2004
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
S. BELL, Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, VA Stoneware Jar
$7,700
S. BELL, Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, VA Stoneware Jar
10/30/2004
J. MILLER/ MAKER, Strasburg, VA Stoneware Jar Dated 1836
$7,590
J. MILLER/ MAKER, Strasburg, VA Stoneware Jar Dated 1836
03/21/2009
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
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
Anthony W. Bacher / 1879 Winchester, VA Redware Wallpocket
$6,785
Anthony W. Bacher / 1879 Winchester, VA Redware Wallpocket
07/19/2008
MILLER & DAVISON / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher
$6,600
MILLER & DAVISON / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher
10/30/2004
J. KEISTER & CO. / STRASBURG, VA. Stoneware Pitcher
$6,600
J. KEISTER & CO. / STRASBURG, VA. Stoneware Pitcher
10/30/2004
S Bell, Strasburg, Virginia, Redware Pitcher w/ Child Scene
$6,600
S Bell, Strasburg, Virginia, Redware Pitcher w/ Child Scene
11/04/2006
Shenandoah Valley Redware Figure, Signed "R.F. Bell"
$6,325
Shenandoah Valley Redware Figure, Signed "R.F. Bell"
07/17/2010
S. BELL & SON / STRASBURG, VA Redware Jar
$6,210
S. BELL & SON / STRASBURG, VA Redware Jar
11/02/2013
"William Miller Jr. Strasburg, Va. S C Aug? 8 1834" Stoneware Jar
$5,750
"William Miller Jr. Strasburg, Va. S C Aug? 8 1834" Stoneware Jar
10/31/2009
Attrib. Anthony W. Baecher Redware Dog (Adams County, PA, Thurmont, MD, or Winchester, VA)
$5,750
Attrib. Anthony W. Baecher Redware Dog (Adams County, PA, Thurmont, MD, or Winchester, VA)
03/02/2013
Multi-Glazed Redware Cream Pitcher, Strasburg, Virginia
$5,290
Multi-Glazed Redware Cream Pitcher, Strasburg, Virginia
05/19/2007
Shenandoah Valley Redware Wall Pocket, attrib. Eberly, Strasburg, VA
$5,175
Shenandoah Valley Redware Wall Pocket, attrib. Eberly, Strasburg, VA
01/30/2010
"SOLOMON BELL / Strasburg, Va." Redware Mold with Two Different Marks
$5,175
"SOLOMON BELL / Strasburg, Va." Redware Mold with Two Different Marks
10/31/2009
Multi-Glaze Redware Pitcher, Bell or Eberly Family, Strasburg, VA
$4,950
Multi-Glaze Redware Pitcher, Bell or Eberly Family, Strasburg, VA
05/20/2006
Shenandoah Valley Redware Jar w/ Green and Yellow Slip
$4,945
Shenandoah Valley Redware Jar w/ Green and Yellow Slip
03/01/2014
Multi-Glazed Shenandoah Valley Redware Creamer, attrib. Polk Bell, Strasburg, VA
$4,888
Multi-Glazed Shenandoah Valley Redware Creamer, attrib. Polk Bell, Strasburg, VA
07/19/2014
S. BELL & SON / STRASBURG Virginia Redware Mug
$4,840
S. BELL & SON / STRASBURG Virginia Redware Mug
05/20/2006
Shenandoah Valley Redware Bowl, attributed to Henry Adam, Hagerstown, MD
$4,830
Shenandoah Valley Redware Bowl, attributed to Henry Adam, Hagerstown, MD
05/19/2007
J. EBERLY & BRO. / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher
$3,450
J. EBERLY & BRO. / STRASBURG, VA Stoneware Pitcher
07/19/2014
"Anthony W. Bacher / 1850" Redware Vase w/ Applied Birds and Flowers
$3,220
"Anthony W. Bacher / 1850" Redware Vase w/ Applied Birds and Flowers
07/19/2014
Shenandoah Valley pottery was recognized early-on--while many of the potters were still alive, even--for its colorful redware (and also its stoneware) made in a plethora of interesting forms ranging from utilitarian vessels to highly-detailed ornamental figures, vases, etc. A glaze usually referred to as "Multi-Glaze" is the surface probably most associated with these potters, and was employed in Strasburg, Virginia, toward the end of the nineteenth century by the famous Bell family and their associates the Eberlys. Anthony Baecher, a German immigrant potter, made some of the Valley's masterpieces during his time in Winchester. The title of patriarch of Shenandoah Valley pottery would probably go to Peter Bell, whose career began in Hagerstown, Maryland. His sons Samuel and Solomon Bell (as well as John, up in Waynesboro, PA) and their offspring carried the craft into the twentieth century, and the story of their decades in Strasburg--along with their many associates and competitors--goes a long way toward telling the story of Shenandoah Valley pottery as a whole. A face pitcher attributed to Samuel Bell sold at our auction in early 2012, breaking two different World Auction Records. (For stoneware made in Rockingham and Rockbridge Counties--also part of the Shenandoah Valley--see Virginia stoneware, and for the related work of the Bell potters in Waynesboro, PA see John Bell Pottery.)

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Important Shenandoah Valley Redware Pottery Plate, attributed to Peter Bell

Mark discusses an important example of Shenandoah Valley pottery, which is actually documented / pictured in the landmark 1929 book, The Shenandoah Pottery, by Rice & Stoudt. Dated 1808, it is attributed to the patriarch of Shenandoah Valley pottery production, Peter Bell (father of the famous potters John Bell of Waynesboro, PA, and Solomon Bell and Samuel Bell of Winchester and Strasburg, VA), from his Hagerstown, MD years. This finely-decorated example with a wonderful provenance is part of our important November 2, 2013 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.

Anthony W. Bacher / 1872 Redware Harvest Jug (Thurmont, Maryland)

Mark discusses a very rare harvest jug made by well-known American redware potter, Anthony Weis Baecher / Bacher. Probably made during Bacher's time in Thurmont, Maryland (then called Mechanicstown), Bacher also worked in Winchester, Virginia, during the general time period. Most of Bacher's pieces signed in this manner are inscribed on the bottom, so this is a very rare example that sports his penmanship on its shoulder--the only one we have seen. It will be sold as part of our landmark July 20, 2013 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware.

Pair of Samuel Bell / Winchester, Virginia, Redware Whippet Dogs, Signed and Dated 1841

Mark talks about what is probably the most significant discovery in Shenandoah Valley pottery of the past decade--a pair of Samuel Bell (Winchester, VA) redware whippets that descended in a prominent local family. Each dog is signed by Bell and dated September 21, 1841. This very important pair will be sold as part of our July 20, 2013 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery.

Solomon Bell (Strasburg, Virginia) Antique Redware Pottery Spaniel

Mark discusses one of the rarest examples of Solomon Bell's work to be sold in some time, a spaniel dog made in the vein of Staffordshire Cavalier King Charles spaniels. As an American redware form, these are more often associated with Solomon's brother, John Bell, who potted in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. This exceptional example of Shenandoah Valley pottery, inscribed in Solomon's own hand and also stamped with a rare version of his maker's mark, will be sold as part of our important March 2, 2013 stoneware and redware pottery auction.

Antique Shenandoah Valley / Strasburg, Virginia Multi-Glazed Redware Pottery

Mark discusses the well-known and celebrated multi-colored redware (earthenware pottery) of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley--specifically produced by the Bell and Eberly families in Strasburg around the end of the 19th century. Referred to colloquially as "Multi-Glaze," these particular examples will be sold as part of our March 2, 2013 stoneware & redware auction.

Anthony W. Baecher Antique Redware Dog Figures

Mark discusses two redware pottery dog figures attributable to master potter Anthony Baecher (1824-1889)--a German immigrant potter who worked in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Winchester, Virginia, and Thurmont, Maryland. These dogs are attributed to Baecher (sometimes spelled Bacher) based on other examples. These dogs will be sold as part of our important March 2, 2013 stoneware & redware pottery auction. To view the remarkable dog and goat figures Mark references in the video, please visit http://museumcollection.winterthur.org/single-record.php?recid=1967.1886 and http://www.folkartmuseum.org/?p=folk&t=images&id=4049.

Shenandoah Valley Pottery Stoneware Ring Flask, Mt. Crawford, Virginia

Mark talks about a very rare Shenandoah Valley pottery ring flask, attributed to James Shinnick (a prolific stoneware potter who worked in various locations), during his time in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. ( For more on Shinnick see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAHg1EQ28R0 ) This is only the second decorated Virginia stoneware ring flask we have ever seen, and the first of Shenandoah Valley origin. It will be sold on March 2, 2013 as part of our important first stoneware & redware pottery auction of the year.

Anthony Baecher Redware Pottery Sugar Bowl (Shenandoah Valley of VA)

Anthony W. Bacher / Baecher was one of the most talented and intricate of all of the Shenandoah Valley potters, producing pottery most notably in Winchester, Virginia. Mark discusses what is perhaps the finest sugar bowl of his in existence. It will be sold as part of our July 2012 stoneware & redware auction.

Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Stoneware Face Pitcher (Samuel Bell)

Mark talks about the only known Shenandoah Valley example of this rare, beloved American stoneware form: the face vessel. Definitely made in Winchester or Strasburg, Virginia, this example is attributed to Samuel Bell based on the distinct decoration found on signed S. Bell examples. It will be sold as part of our March 3, 2012 stoneware and redware auction.

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