Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Pitcher w/ Mocha Seaweed Motifs, poss. Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA

Summer 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 227

Price Realized: $210.00

($175 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Rare Slip-Decorated Redware Pitcher with Mocha-Style Seaweed Motifs, possibly Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, third quarter 19th century, ovoid pitcher with heavy tooling to base of collar and rim, the lead-glazed surface coated in a sporadic yellowish slip and decorated with four large seaweed fans in the style of English mochaware. Additional smaller seaweed decoration to collar. Exceptional decorative treatment and stylishly-potted pitcher form. Literature: A related pitcher is illustrated and discussed in Rice and Stoudt’s The Shenandoah Pottery, pp. 125-126, fig. 81, described as believed to have been made by Peter Bell or Baecher. A long L-shaped crack to body. Other spider lines to exterior body, not visible on interior. A 3 1/2" crack from rim. Small spout chips and additional light wear to rim and spout. A tight surface crack along top edge of upper handle terminal. H 8".




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