VIRGINIA STONEWARE Auction Highlights

S. BELL (Samuel Bell, Winchester, VA) Stoneware Horses Crock

$92,000

S. BELL (Samuel Bell, Winchester, VA) Stoneware Horses Crock

WORLD AUCTION RECORD: VIRGINIA STONEWARE

10/25/2014

Stoneware was, naturally, made all over the state of Virginia, and these highlights are drawn from all areas except for Alexandria (which has its own page alongside other D.C. area pottery) and Strasburg / Winchester (which is listed alongside related redware on our Shenandoah Pottery page). Above you will find examples from potters like J.D. Heatwole and the Coffman family in Rockingham County; John Morgan in Rockbridge County; G. N. Fulton in Alleghany County; J.P. Schermerhorn in Henrico County / Richmond; and Henry Lowndes in Petersburg.

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Virginia Stoneware Incised Bird Pitcher, probably John Schermerhorn, c1815

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Fantastic B.C. Milburn / Alexandria, Virginia, Antique Stoneware Jar

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Antique Virginia Stoneware Pottery Face Jug

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Stoneware Jar Inscribed, From / Keesee & Parr / Richmond / Va

Luke talks about an important example of Richmond, Virginia, stoneware we will be selling as part of our July 20, 2013 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Pottery: Made at the manufactory of well-known stoneware potter David Parr, Jr. and his partner Thomas W. Keesee, this jar is inscribed in cobalt, "From / Keesee & Parr / Richmond / Va"--the only example we have ever seen signed in this manner. (All other signed examples are stamped with a maker's mark.)

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