Very Fine SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va Redware Flowerpot w/ Crimped Rim

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 221

Price Realized: $3,680.00

($3,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Fine and Rare Glazed Shenandoah Valley Redware Flowerpot, Stamped "SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG / Va," circa 1870, tapered flowering with elaborately-crimped rim, tooled shoulder, and heavy attached saucer, the surface decorated with streaky yellow slip over mottled olive and reddish glaze, and covered in a clear lead glaze. Most flowerpots produced by Solomon Bell were coated in a matte whitish slip with overlying copper and manganese decoration. This example is one of a few we have seen with a lead-glazed surface. Provenance: The consignor purchased many items from the son of Alvin H. Rice, co-author of The Shenandoah Pottery, and it is likely that this flowerpot was one of them. This flowerpot survives in very nice condition for a utilitarian item of this type. Most flowerpots from Bells' Strasburg shop are found with more significant damage. A small loss to one crimp on rim, along with small chips and additional wear to crimping. Glazed surface in excellent condition with no cracks or exfoliation. H 4 5/8".

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