Shenandoah Valley Redware Bowl w/ Slip Decoration, Bell Family

July 17, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 49

Price Realized: $2,990.00

($2,600 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Slip-Decorated Redware Bowl, attributed to the Bell Pottery, Strasburg, VA, circa 1880, with semi-rounded wall and thick rounded rim, the entire surface including exterior and underside covered in an attractive speckled reddish-brown glaze. Interior decorated in whitish slip with a scalloped line design around the shoulder and an elaborate triple tulip motif at the center. Few bowls of this quality by the Bell family are known. The use of a darker glaze covering the entire surface is very unusual, and creates a striking contrast against the whitish slip decoration. Provenance: Descended in the family of Betty Cooley, the wife of potter, Richard Franklin "Polk" Bell. Wear and a few chips to rim. Wear to interior. H 4" ; Diameter 11 1/2".

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