Attrib. Samuel Bell, Winchester, VA, c1840 Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Floral Decoration

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 67

Price Realized: $632.50

($550 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Floral Decoration, attributed to Samuel Bell, Winchester, VA, circa 1840, ovoid jar with tall collar and small lug handles, the front decorated with a distinctive floral motif featuring tulip blossoms emanating from an arched stem with two pointed leaves at its base. Interestingly, the reverse side of the jar features the same motif, but with flower buds that have not yet bloomed. Cobalt highlights to tops of handles. Impressed with a large "1" within a circle underneath both handles. The floral decorations, form, and color of this jar, indicate Samuel Bell as its maker. However, the capacity mark, which is not a typical Bell family stamp, and unusual, underdeveloped lug handles, suggest it may have been made very early in this potter's career. Excellent condition with a minor rim chip.

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