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March 2015: Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
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Price Realized: $1,782.50 ($1,550 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).
Rare Diminutive Multi-Glazed Redware Jar, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890, ovoid jar with narrow base and rounded rim, decorated with heavy splashes of green and brown over a cream-colored slip. Surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Highly unusual small size. Provenance: Descended in the family of Betty Cooley, wife of Strasburg, VA potter, Richard Franklin "Polk" Bell. Stained crazing to exterior surface, not visible on interior. Some exfoliation to exterior, mostly near base. 3 1/2" and 2" hairlines from rim. A few glaze lines from rim, visible on exterior only. H 5" ; Diameter 4 3/4".
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