5 Gal. Heavily-Decorated Strasburg, VA Stoneware Jar Signed "BELL"

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 148

Price Realized: $1,035.00

($900 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Five-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Profuse Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Stamped "BELL," Strasburg, VA origin, ovoid jar with squared rim and ribbed lug handles, the front and back decorated with a large, boldly-brushed tulip plant design bearing three large blossoms. This jar features some of the best-colored decoration on an example of Bell stoneware we have seen. Impressed under one handle "BELL / 5". Provenance: Recently discovered in Southern Maryland. Rim of jar slumped during the firing. Some staining to base area. A few nicks to handles. Tight Y-shaped line on underside, possibly in-the-firing and not visible on interior.

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