Extremely Rare JOHN BELL, Waynesboro, PA Stoneware Mug w/ Unusual Glaze Treatment

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 190

Price Realized: $600.00

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

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Extremely Rare Alkaline-and-Salt-Glazed Stoneware Mug with Iron-Oxide Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840-1880, cylindrical form with footed base, tooled shoulder, recessed underside, and spurred handle, the surface covered in a celadon alkaline glaze with overlying salt glaze visible on the upper body. The rim and top of the handle featuring highly unusual iron-oxide decoration in the English style. Much of John Bell's work was inspired by English ceramic traditions, but this mug is the first work by his hand that we have seen decorated in the manner of English salt-glazed stoneware. Elegantly-potted and classically-decorated, this mug is among the most intriguing examples of the form by this iconic potter that we have offered. A stained hairline running from rim to bottom edge on reverse. A minor glazed-over nick to rim. H 4".

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