October 30, 2004 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 59

Price Realized: $12,100.00
($11,000 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

October 30, 2004 Auction Catalog

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Exceedingly Rare and Important Redware Cat on Base, attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, circa 1860, hand-modeled, seated cat figure with rounded face, curled tail, and incised detail to paws and face. Seated on an oval base with impressed circle border and four impressed flower heads at the center. Cat and base coated in a tannish orange glaze with brown flecks. Form of cat matches the work of Shenandoah Valley master potter, Solomon Bell. See Comstock, p. 232 or Wiltshire, p. 64 for similar examples. A wonderful example of ceramic folk art. Loss to front of base. Chips to ears and some wear to muzzle. Small chip on reverse to edge of base. Tiny spot of glaze loss to cat"s chest. Height 4 3/8". Provenance: Kinzle Auction Galleries, 1982.