Rare Multi-Glazed Redware Pitcher w/ Molded Hunt Scene, S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 220

Price Realized: $3,680.00
($3,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

July 20, 2013 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Multi-Glazed Redware Hunt Scene Pitcher, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, VA, circa 1890, molded pitcher with footed base and raised spout, one side decorated with a relief design of hounds overtaking a deer, the opposite side featuring hounds attacking a boar. Central tree design below spout. Collar with relief grapevine decoration. Molded handle with thumbrest and relief foliate embellishments. Body of pitcher and handle decorated with bold splashed copper and manganese glazes over a yellow ground, the entire surface covered in a clear lead glaze. This pitcher is pictured and discussed in H.E. Comstock's The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region. It was produced from a mold created by Charles Coxon, who worked for a period at the E. & W. Bennett Pottery of Baltimore, MD. Other, less colorful examples of this style were produced by John Bell in Waynesboro, PA and Solomon Bell in Strasburg, VA. One of a few multi-glazed examples of this form known, surviving in very nice condition with exceptional color. Literature: H.E. Comstock, The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, pp. 244-245, fig. 5.141. Some shallow chips and wear to rim. Two chips to edge on underside. Some minor wear to handle. Tiny pinhead-sized hole at base. Faint surface line on interior of rim on reverse, not visible on exterior. A few other tiny spots of wear to surface. H 8".


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