Very Rare Cobalt Decorated Redware Jar Signed JOHN BELL (Waynesboro, PA)

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 97

Price Realized: $1,265.00

($1,100 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Lead, Copper, and Cobalt-Glazed Redware Jar, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA origin, circa 1850, one-gallon ovoid jar with tooled shoulder and squared rim, the shoulder decorated with four brushed cobalt tulips, the exterior surface covered in a streaky green, copper-augmented lead glaze. Interior with rust-colored lead-and-manganese glaze. The Parr-style tulip decoration, somewhat different than John Bell's typical designs, suggests this jar may have been made and / or decorated by a Baltimore-trained potter. Highly unusual and visually-appealing glaze. Crazing throughout much of surface, mostly visible at base and on underside, which appears to have occurred during the firing.

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