May 19, 2007 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 124

Price Realized: $13,800.00
($12,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

May 19, 2007 Auction Catalog

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124A. Rare and Important Shenandoah Valley Redware Picture Frame, Signed "S. Bell," attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, circa 1873, molded circular frame surrounded by leaves, fruit, and flowers in relief, and surmounted by a spread-winged eagle. Decorated with cream-colored slip and covered in a lead glaze. The signature "S. Bell" embossed within a cartouche at the base. Includes a 19th century French engraving of a rooster. One of approximately eight examples known. According to H.E. Comstock"s The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, frames of this type were previously attributed to Samuel Bell, before the discovery of the original mold, signed by Solomon Bell and dated 1 For similar examples, see Rice and Stoudt, pp. 110 and Also, Wiltshire, p. 39 and Comstock, p. From a long-term collection. Minor wear. H 10".