Important Pair of JOHN BELL, Waynesboro, PA Redware Spaniels

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 146

Price Realized: $8,050.00

($7,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare and Important Matched Pair of Glazed Redware Spaniels, Stamped "JOHN BELL," WAYNESBORO, PA, circa 1840-1880, both molded in the form of a seated King Charles spaniel in the Staffordshire style, with incised details to eyes, muzzle, teeth, ears, tail, and paws. One with collar and chain formed from a series of impressed and pierced circles. Both spaniels with streaked lead and manganese glaze over an orange clay ground. Left spaniel impressed twice with "JOHN BELL" maker's mark on underside; right spaniel impressed three times with "JOHN BELL" maker's mark on underside. Original vent hole on underside of each. One of the most coveted Bell family forms, and exceptionally difficult-to-find as a true matched pair of opposing figures. The fine molding and glazing of these two, coupled with the simplistic incised and impressed features, impart a wonderful folk art quality to the animals. Surviving in remarkable condition, this pair is only the second we have ever offered. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market pair, purchased in Pennsylvania during the 1970s. Literature: For a similar pair, see Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 153, fig. 4.209. Both in excellent condition with only minor wear. H (of each) 8 3/4".

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