Very Unusual Small Molded Redware Deer w/ John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, Family History

July 19, 2014 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 345

Price Realized: $1,035.00

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

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Very Unusual Small-Sized Redware Figure of a Deer, probably made at the John Bell Pottery, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840, diminutive, finely-molded figure of a reclining doe, decorated with sponged manganese and covered in a clear lead glaze. Hollow underside. Includes a hand-written note from 1901 on interior, which reads "This tiny lying Deer was made at the John Bell shop in Waynesboro, Pa by my great, great grandfather about 1830. Jane Enis(?) 1901". No examples of this form have previously been attributed to the John Bell pottery. The exact identity of the potter who allegedly made this at the Bell shop in unknown, and the date of manufacture would have to be later than 1830, given the fact that Bell did not open his Waynesboro operation until 1838. Given the date of the note, we feel the attribution to the Bell shop is probably correct. Large chip to left side of base. Minor base wear. Fold marks and tears to note. L (of deer) 2 1/4" ; H 2 1/4".

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