Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter "Myrtle E. Bell"

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 145

Price Realized: $2,950.00

($2,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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October 26, 2019 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Redware Toy Spittoon, Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO'", Inscribed "Myrtle E. Bell / February the 11, 1873", PA origin, 1873, cylindrical form with flared base and scalloped opening at shoulder, the lead-glazed surface decorated with sponged manganese over a yellowish-orange ground. Underside incised "Myrtle E. Bell / February the 11, 1873" and impressed with a John Bell maker's mark. Myrtle E. Bell (1869-1935) was the granddaughter of potter, John Bell (1800-1880), and the daughter of potter, Victor Conrad Bell (1845-1925). This toy spittoon was made for Myrtle Bell when she was four years old and is one of a small number of John Bell products, among these a flowerpot with pedestal base and a figure of a horse, bearing a presentation inscription to her. Myrtle Bell (later Myrtle Deardorff) would eventually come to own the contents of the Bell Pottery, and a large sale was held in 1935 of these goods, which included several rare figural examples. Exceptional size and condition with an important Bell family presentation inscription. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 1 3/4" ; Diam. 3 5/8".


Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter Rare and Important JOHN BELL Redware Toy Spittoon for Daughter

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