Extremely Rare Small-Sized John Bell Stoneware Pitcher w/ Celadon Glaze, Incised "S + S" for Stauffer and Shank

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 192

Price Realized: $1,920.00

($1,600 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Fine and Extremely Rare Small-Sized Stoneware Pitcher with Celadon Glaze, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Incised on Underside "S + S," Stauffer and Shank at the John Bell Pottery, Waynesboro, PA, circa 1865-1870, elegantly-potted pitcher with dramatic footed base, pronounced spout, and spurred handle, the surface covered in a colorful pale-green glaze accented with iron flecks. Front impressed "JOHN BELL" and underside incised, "S + S," referring to the itinerant potting duo of Stauffer and Shenk, who, according to Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, were employed at the John Bell Pottery circa 1865 to 1870. Other examples of marked John Bell pottery bearing their incised initials or various name inscriptions on the underside are known. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 5 3/4".

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