In this section I will display images of John Bennett pottery. Only the pottery pieces in my own collection can be used without restriction. The rights to all other images belong to their respective owners. The museums on the Home page have many of these pieces and retain the copyrights to their images. I am not using these images in any commercial venture. My reason for using them to to introduce my children the works of one of their ancestors and to connect with other relatives  and collectors with John Bennett pieces.
When using imagery belonging to others, I will credit and link to the institutions, organizations, auction houses that own the image I am using.

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Peach Blossom Vase, 1891, London studio

 

 

 

Two Bennetts with a Coke can for size reference

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Lilac vase, 1873-1883

 

 

 


 

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John Bennett covered jar painted with branches of
yellow dogwood and red roses on black

For more info on this piece, visit

http://www.ragoarts.com/lot/29961

Here is a couple of additional images of this piece.

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John Bennett, art tiles, 1872

 

John Bennett, art tile, detail, 1872

 

 

John Bennett, oil lamp

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Early 20th September 2005
Lot 112:
JOHN BENNETT

Bottle-shaped vase painted with branches of white dogwood on a teal blue flambe ground. Two grinding chips to base. Signed J. Bennett R. 10″ x 6 1/2″

Estimate: $2,000
Sale Price: $2,040

Early 20th, September 2005

Lot 111: JOHN BENNETT

Covered bottle painted with white, pink and yellow chrysanthemums with cobalt leaves on a cadmium
yellow ground. Restored chip on lid. Signed J. Bennett/N.O.N.Y/6 Nov 1888/Harrison/Pres. 13 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Estimate: $4,000
Sale Price: $5,400

 

 

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Early 20th September 2005

Lot 110: J OHN BENNETT Large covered jar painted with deep purple bearded irises on a cadmium yellow ground,
the interior of the lid painted with indigo and green flowers, 1881. (Extraordinary). Several chips beneath interior of
rim, restoration to cracks on lid. Signed on side JB 1881, and on bottom J BENNETT/412 E 24 N.Y. 1881. 16″ x 11 1/2″

Estimate: $6,500
Sale Price: $19,200

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Sold at Sothebys

 

John Bennett, Vase

More Bennett pieces

 


 

 

 

 

 

John Bennett, Charger 1877

 

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

John Bennett, Charger 1877

8 Responses to “Pottery”

  1. Jackie Says:

    I truly enjoyed your website and think documenting this information for your children is a wonderful idea, and hopefully will generate additional contributions to your knowledge about his work. I would like to ask you more about the locations where John Bennett worked, as are marked on his pottery. Please be in touch when you have the opportunity.

    1. robertkelley Says:

      Hi Jackie,
      Thank you. You are the first person to comment my blog. I would be happy to help you with anything regarding John Bennett. I’m not an expert. What I know about him was taught to me by my grandmother. She was the granddaughter to John Bennett. In researching Bennett, I found the most examples of his works at http://www.ragoarts.com. The site is easy to navigate and David Rago IS an expert. I will update new information soon. I can also be emailed at robertsartdepartment@gmail.com. Best regards, Robert Kelley


  2. One other comment: about 7 or 8 years ago, I was at an auction with the most amazing lamp, got chills down my neck, that’s always a good sign. It was a large Bennett vase that hadn’t been drilled. I saw my old college mentor at the auction and he bought it for a song. I don’t know the disposition of this piece but it was the largest Bennett piece I’ve seen other than the chargers. Lovely Irises

    1. robertkelley Says:

      Thanks for sharing that. I get the chill every time I see a piece for the first time. I like looking at them again and again but the first impression is magic! If you ever communicate with your mentor please ask him to send a picture for us to share. regards, Robert


  3. Robert,
    Thanks for the photos and information. Is there somewhere to go to find more information on marks that Bennett used and do you know when and how long he was on E 24 NY. Mine is not dated but also has a R with a C around it?. Plus how do you send a photo of ones vase for your blog? I own a Gallery but collect Art Pottery, so I generally never sell any.
    Regards,
    Wayne Kielsmeier
    Tucson, Az

    1. robertkelley Says:

      Hi Wayne,
      the delay in answering comes from the embarrassment of not knowing what those initials are. I see different initials on different pieces and I’ve wondered the same. I always guessed that it was referencing an assistant or artist under him in his studio. I also thought maybe it referenced a glaze in order to reproduce an effect. In short, I don’t know the answer but I will find out.
      I also do not know how long he was on E 24 Street or Lexington Ave in New York. The following timeline info came from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. They have a magnificent vase there. I just found out last week that their vase is enormous for a John Bennett piece (H: 25 7/8 x W: 13 1/2 x Diam: 13 1/2 inches). Before I found this out I thought it was probably 7″, like my small grey vase. For more information click here:

      – He settled in New York City 1876
      – In New York he had a studio on E 24 street for a time and a studio on Lexington Ave for a time. He was in the city from 1876 – 1882
      – Bennett closed down his New York kiln in 1882 moved to W.Orange-N.J. dated 1886-1888
      – London in 1891-92
      – Chicago in 1906
      I am always happy to post anything “John Bennett”. If you would like to share a photo of your Bennett piece, you can email it to me at robertsartdepartment@gmail.com or robert@graphics.pro.
      Thanks for your questions. I will find out the answers.

  4. Wayne Says:

    Robert,
    Thanks for the reply.Tried both emails, but neither would go thru??? Wanted to send a photo of my Bennette Vase.
    Regards,
    Wayne Kielsmeier
    Tucson, AZ

    1. robertkelley Says:

      Hi Wayne,
      try again. I received a Bennett image that was so large it choked both email accounts. The email (from Jay or Nancy) split itself into 91 emails in order to get through. When I opened one, all I could see was code. Now I’m curious. If Jay or Nancy could send a smaller file, it would be great to share. I look forward to your image as well, Wayne. Best regards, Robert

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