Extremely Rare JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jug Inscribed "C. F. Bell"

October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 288

Price Realized: $2,300.00

($2,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare and Fine Celadon-Glazed Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Inscribed "C.F. Bell", Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO", PA origin, circa 1860, quart-sized jug with wide-mouthed spout, the surface covered in a light-green celadon glaze and profusely-decorated with a leafy branch bearing seven spotted tulips. Inscribed in cobalt below, "C.F. Bell". Reverse decorated with additional tulip motifs emanating from the base of the handle and extending around to the sides of the jug. Brushed cobalt accents to the handle and surrounding the upper handle terminal. Impressed with John Bell maker's mark below spout. A wonderful example of Bell family decoration and glazing, bearing the brushed signature of John Bell's son, Charles Frederick Bell. This jug is one of the finest examples of John Bell pottery we have offered in recent years. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired by the consignor's father in the Hagerstown area decades ago. Handle broken into two pieces and reglued. Otherwise excellent condition with a tiny nick to bottom edge. H 7 3/4".

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