Outstanding I. BELL (John Bell, Waynesboro, PA) Redware Lidded Jar

Spring 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 174

Price Realized: $6,600.00

($5,500 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Lidded Redware Jar with Sponged Manganese Decoration, Jar and Lid Stamped "I. BELL," John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840, ovoid jar with flared base and coved rim, the vessel's lead-glazed surface decorated around the shoulder with a band of manganese sponging underscored by drapes of additional sponged manganese descending the body. Rim additionally decorated around with a band of sponged manganese. Impressed at shoulder with early-period "I. BELL" maker's mark. Original domed lid with raised, semi-squared knob features heavy manganese sponging under a clear lead glaze and is also stamped with an "I. BELL" mark. Relatively few Bell redware jars of this style have survived including their original lids. This elegantly-potted work typifies Bell's ability at producing common earthenware in a high-styled, highly-decorative fashion. The almost-as-made conditions of both the jar and lid, each of which also retain a brilliant luster to the glaze, are noteworthy. Jar in rarely-found excellent condition with some expected, very minor wear to top of rim, caused by use with a lid. Lid in excellent condition with a few minor chips. H (including lid) 8 3/4".

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