Very Rare Multi-Glazed Redware Cabinet Vase, attrib. S. Bell & Sons, Strasburg, Virginia, c1895

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 253

Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.  A Note About Estimates

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Very Rare Multi-Glazed Redware Cabinet Vase, attributed to S. Bell & Sons, Strasburg, VA, circa 1895, ovoid vase with footed base, the surface decorated with splashed copper and manganese over a yellow clay ground and covered in a clear lead glaze. This form is styled after pieces from the American Art Pottery Movement, also seen in contemporary works by the "Mad Potter of Biloxi," George Ohr. Produced in Strasburg's popular "Fancy Ware" aesthetic, both the glaze and form are indicative of an ever-growing transition from the utilitarian to the decorative in ceramics produced throughout the country. The S. Bell & Sons pottery occasionally used yellow clay, as seen on this vase, for its fancy ware, noted in a number of pitcher and bowl sets and small, ovoid jars. This vase is the first example of this form that we have seen in Strasburg redware production. As-made condition with a few in-the-firing contact marks to body and one to foot. H 3 5/8" ; Diam. (at rim) 3 3/4".



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