Rare JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Redware Cruet w/ Sponged Manganese Decoration

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 317

Price Realized: $4,025.00

($3,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Glazed Redware Cruet with Manganese Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'," PA origin, circa 1850-1880, finely-potted, ovoid form with footed base, narrow, inset spout, and applied spurred handle, the surface decorated with heavy manganese sponging over a yellowish-orange ground. Impressed with John Bell maker's mark at shoulder. One of the small number of extant John Bell pieces potted in the stylish form, this example was possibly made to hold vinegar or oil. Excellent form, color, maker, and condition. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently discovered on the West Coast, which descended from the consignor's grandmother. This lot survives in remarkable, essentially as-made condition with no visible flaws. H 7 1/2".

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