Fine John Bell (J. BELL) Early Redware Ale Mug with Manganese Decoration

Spring 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 185

Price Realized: $2,160.00

($1,800 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Fine Manganese Decorated Redware Ale Mug, Stamped "J. BELL," Waynesboro, PA origin, circa 1840, delicately-potted mug with ovoid body, footed pedestal base, and cylindrical collar, decorated around the body with spiraling manganese sponging under a clear lead glaze. Additional manganese decoration to rim and handle. Impressed with early-period John Bell maker's mark on collar. Provenance: From an eighty-plus year private collection. Very nice condition with some light wear to body and rim as well as a 1 3/4" surface line to interior of rim area, not visible on exterior. H 5 3/4".

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