Extremely Rare JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO Profusely Decorated Stoneware Jug Inscribed "C. F. Bell"

Fall 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 307

Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $2,400. 


Extremely Rare and Fine Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug with Exuberant Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Inscribed "C.F. Bell", Stamped "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO", PA origin, circa 1860, quart-sized jug with wide-mouthed spout, the surface covered in a celadon glaze and profusely-decorated with a leafy branch bearing seven spotted tulips. Inscribed in cobalt below, "C.F. Bell". Reverse decorated with additional tulip motifs emanating from the base of the handle and extending around to the sides of the jug. Brushed cobalt accents to the handle and surrounding the upper handle terminal. Impressed with John Bell maker's mark below spout. Among the most extravagantly-decorated examples of Bell family stoneware that we have offered in recent years, showcasing the skillful brushwork of John Bell's son, Charles Frederick Bell. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, acquired by the consignor's father in the Hagerstown area decades ago. Handle broken into two pieces and reglued. Otherwise excellent condition with a tiny nick to bottom edge. H 7 3/4".



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