Important Ovoid Redware Jar w/ Alternating Three-Color Slip Decoration, att. John Bell, Chambersburg, PA

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 277

Price Realized: $4,600.00

($4,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Ovoid Redware Jar with Elaborate Three-Color Slip Decoration, attributed to John Bell, Chambersburg, PA, circa 1829, ovoid jar with concave collar molding and flattened rim, the surface profusely-decorated with stripes of copper and yellow slip interspersed with wavy manganese trails and covered in a clear lead glaze. Lead-and-manganese-glazed interior. This jar is discussed in H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, described as made while Bell was working with potter, Jacob Heart, in Chambersburg, PA, before he established his well-known Waynesboro shop. This attribution is based on the distinctive rim molding found on John Bell's work, as well as similarities to sherds excavated at Heart's Chambersburg shop. A finely-decorated, early jar. Literature: Pictured in H.E. Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 111, fig. 4.81. 2 1/2" x 1" chip to edge of underside. 6" crack from rim. Spots of glaze wear to surface. Small chips and nicks to rim. Typical spots of glaze loss to interior. H 9 1/2".

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