Solomon Bell Molded Redware Pitcher

November 4, 2006 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 29

Price Realized: $6,600.00
($6,000 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium).

November 4, 2006 Auction Catalog

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Very Rare Glazed Redware Pitcher with Molded Children Scene, Incised on Underside "S Bell," attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, circa 1850-1880, molded pitcher with two different raised designs of children standing, sitting, and reclining. Rim area decorated with a raised grape vine pattern. Ornately-molded, arching handle on reverse. Pitcher decorated with splashed manganese, cream-colored slip, and clear lead overglaze. Incised on underside "S Bell" for Solomon Bell. Molded pitchers of this type were produced by both John Bell of Waynesboro, PA, and by Samuel and Solomon Bell of Strasburg, VA. Only one John Bell, Waynesboro, PA, example and one example by the Strasburg Bells are mentioned in the exhaustive list of Bell items in Rice and Stoudt"s The Shenandoah Pottery. Though a rare form by either of these potteries, examples by Samuel and Solomon Bell"s Strasburg shop are considered the rarest of the two. Excellent color with areas decorated with the cream-colored slip so often associated with Strasburg redware. Some wear to surface. Spout chips. Height to top of handle 9 3/4".