Very Rare Molded Multi-Glazed Shenandoah Valley Redware Pitcher, Strasburg, VA, c1890

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 323

Price Realized: $1,062.00

($900 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Molded Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher, attributed to S. Bell & Sons, Strasburg, VA, late 19th century, molded pitcher of ovoid form with footed base, raised shoulder molding, relief hanging bellflower motifs on the left and right sides of the body, and a relief acanthus leaf motif to spout. Surface decorated with heavy splashed copper and manganese over a yellow clay ground, applied under a clear lead glaze. The distinctive yellow clay and molded form, copied from ironstone or rockinghamware of the period, link this piece to other S. Bell & Sons products, including the firm's distinctive molded washbowl pitchers. This pitcher is the only example produced from this mold that we have seen. One rim chip and one chip to far left edge of spout. Some light surface wear to midsection. Pitcher exhibits strong color and a brilliant luster. H 9".

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