Extremely Rare Redware Spaniel Signed Twice, "Solomon Bell"

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 141

Price Realized: DNMR

March 2, 2013 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Lead and Manganese Glazed Redware Figure of a Spaniel, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL / Strasburg, Va" and Incised in Script "Solomon Bell," third quarter 19th century, molded figure of a seated spaniel the surface decorated with streaks of manganese and covered in a heavy lead glaze over a mottled orange and olive ground. Underside impressed with an early two-line maker's mark of Shenandoah Valley master potter, Solomon Bell, which reads "SOLOMON BELL / Strasburg, Va.". Underside additionally incised with an extremely rare hand signature of Solomon Bell. Spaniel also features a separate front leg, carved out distinctly from the remainder of the spaniel when removed from the mold. H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region notes this treatment as a trait common to many Bell family spaniels. One of a small number of signed Solomon Bell spaniels known, significantly rarer than those produced by his brother, John, in Waynesboro. One of the finest Bell family spaniels to be offered anywhere in many years. Some professional restoration to two front feet. Otherwise excellent condition. H 8 3/4".

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