Solomon Bell Redware Mold, Strasburg, VA

July 17, 2010 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 50

Price Realized: $1,495.00

($1,300 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Glazed Redware Turks Head Mold, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va," circa 1870, large-sized mold with swirled design surrounding a central tube, decorated with sponged daubs of manganese over a bright orange ground. Surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Impressed with Solomon Bell mark diagonally across midsection. An unusual form for this maker, surviving in remarkable condition. It appears that this mold was rarely, if ever, used. Provenance: Descended in the family of Betty Cooley, wife of potter, Richard Franklin "Polk" Bell. Near mint condition with a small glaze flake on top of rim. H 4" ; Diameter 10 1/2".

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