Exceptional J. BELL (John Bell, Waynesboro, PA) Redware Pitcher w/ Vibrant Two-Color Slip

Spring 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 178

Price Realized: $9,600.00

($8,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Large-Sized Redware Pitcher with Profuse Copper and Manganese Decoration, Stamped "J. BELL," Waynesboro, PA, circa 1840, stylishly-potted pitcher with ovoid body, footed pedestal base, pronounced spout, and doubly-spurred handle, the lead-glazed surface brush-decorated in copper around the midsection with a thick garland of leaves and around the collar in manganese with a second garland. Spout with heavy manganese decoration. Handle with alternating manganese and copper decoration. Midsection impressed with early "J. BELL" maker's mark. This beautifully-potted work, which draws inspiration from English ceramics of the period, is significantly larger than most examples of its form produced by Bell. The heavy application of copper and manganese, applied with a brush rather than the typical sponge and forming an actual design rather than simple banding, is rare. The pitcher is made all-the-more colorful through Bell's use of yellow clay for the pitcher. The combined glaze, form, and size of this work rank it as arguably the finest John Bell pitcher that we have ever offered. Very nice condition with some wear to rim and handle, a small chip to spout, and minor base wear. H 8 3/8".

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