May 21, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 343

Price Realized: $7,920.00
($7,200 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

May 21, 2005 Auction Catalog

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Outstanding One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Tulip Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BELL," Waynesboro, PA, circa 1850-1880, semi-ovoid pitcher with tooled foot and collar, decorated on each side with a large dotted tulip flower connected to a stem with leaves. Front center of pitcher decorated with a tulip bearing a differently styled head and numerous dots. Collar decorated with cobalt swags. Lower handle terminal decorated with cobalt leaves extending from it and handle itself decorated with cobalt brushwork. Impressed on collar "JOHN BELL" above a one-gallon capacity mark. This is a very unusual mark for John Bell stoneware, as most examples were impressed with his "JOHN BELL / WAYNESBORO" mark. Strong color, with bright cobalt blue over a light gray, slip-coated clay. One of the rarest stoneware forms produced by this famous maker. Excellent condition with small chip to left of spout and very thin, 2 1/2" line extending downward from it. Height 10 1/2".