Extremely Rare Redware Figure of a Dog, attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, circa 1850-1880

Spring 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 246

Price Realized: $5,100.00

($4,250 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Figure of a Dog, attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, circa 1850-1880, hand-modeled figure of a dog with collar, impressed eyes, and incised details throughout, seated atop an oval base, its head slightly turned to the right. Three impressed flower blossoms at center of base and impressed circles bordering the base's edge. Surface dipped in cream-colored slip, decorated with daubs of manganese, and covered in a clear lead glaze. While redware dog figures are often erroneously attributed to the Bell family, this example features impressed floral designs matching those found in the Bells' production. The figure's glaze is most consistent with the work of Solomon Bell, as is its construction and stance, both of which closely relate to those seen in his iconic pair of large redware cats. Relatively few dog figures with strong attributions to any member of the Bell family are known, this example retaining a beautiful glaze associated with Strasburg, Virginia style. Literature: For related works and discussion of Solomon Bell's animal forms, see Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 232-233. For a large-sized standing redware dog, attributed to John Bell and bearing identical floral stamps, see Comstock, p. 156, fig. 4.217. Very nice condition with a small chip to base on reverse, glaze wear to nose and tail, and other minor glaze wear. H 4 5/8" ; L 3 3/4".

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