Extremely Rare S. BELL & SON / STRASBURG Copper-Decorated Redware Collander

July 21, 2018 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 92

Price Realized: $1,770.00

($1,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Shenandoah Valley Redware Collander with Copper Decoration, Stamped "S. BELL & SON. / STRASBURG", VA origin, circa 1890, bowl-shaped form with rounded rim molding and extruded handles, the bottom half of the vessel incised with a series of lines pierced with original drain holes. Underside with additional pierced drain holes. Exterior with heavy copper decoration, the entire surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Impressed at shoulder on reverse with "S. BELL & SON." maker's mark. This collander is the only example of the form that we have seen produced by the Bell family in Strasburg, VA. Provenance: Illustrated in Rice and Stoudt, The Shenandoah Pottery, p. 141, fig. 187. Restoration to glaze loss to rim, handles, and areas of surface. A 4" restored crack from rim. A 2" long C-shaped surface crack below one handle, not visible on interior. Glaze loss to underside and some small spots of wear to surface of collander. H 6 3/4" ; Diameter (across top) 10 1/2".

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