Early SOLOMON BELL Stoneware Jar

January 30, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 155

Price Realized: $287.50

($250 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Two-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL," Winchester, VA or Strasburg, VA origin, circa 1845, ovoid jar with squared rim and large extruded lug handles, decorated on both sides with a brushed cobalt swag design. Impressed with Solomon Bell maker's mark under one handle. A rare, early example of Bell stoneware from Strasburg. Underside broken out, filled, and painted. Restoration to large broken and reglued section. Additional restoration to another crack. Restoration includes areas of decoration. Restoration to rim and small spots on handles. In-the-firing 2" separation on one handle. 3 1/2" and 3" hairlines extending up from base. H 12".

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