Rare Miniature Strasburg, VA Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 157

Price Realized: $575.00

($500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Miniature Pitcher, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890, miniature ovoid pitcher with narrow, flaring spout, decorated with splashes of green and brown over yellowish clay, the surface covered in a clear lead glaze. This pitcher is unusual in that it lacks the large foot so many Strasburg redware pitchers of this size have. While most pitchers of this style reveal significant amounts of red clay underneath the glaze, this pitcher has a solid yellow body, created by using an inherently yellowish clay, which did not require a slip coating. Provenance: Previously descended in the family of Betty Cooley, the wife of potter, Richard Franklin "Polk" Bell. Pitcher with significant professional restoration throughout. It was previously broken into pieces and reglued, with additional rim chips. H 3".

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