Stoneware Jar, attributed to Samuel Bell, Strasburg, VA.

March 21, 2009 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 273

Price Realized: $862.50

($750 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, VA, circa 1840, ovoid jar with squared rim and thick lug handles, decorated on the front with a large flowering plant bearing open, oval-shaped buds or blossoms. This distinctive motif is characteristic of early Samuel and Solomon Bell products from Winchester and Strasburg, VA. Interestingly, the design is surmounted by a dotted circular flowerhead applied with a slip cup, which is unusual for Bell stoneware. The reverse is decorated with a different design featuring a plant with two curving stems that connect near the top. Larger Bell-style blossoms hang from the ends of each stem. A good example of early Bell stoneware. Two tiny nicks to shoulder molding. A few small rim chips, one of which is glazed over. 1 1/2" and 2" flakes on underside, partially visible at base of jar. 1 1/2" and 2" vertical hairlines at base, extending from a Y-shaped line on underside, none of which appear to go through to the interior. H 10".

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