John Bennett Teapot and Sugar Bowl

Congratulations to the winning bidder of the teapot and sugar bowl on!

After 30 bids the bidding concluded at at $1,950.00! Considering they won 2 John Bennett pieces, that was a bargain! They also now own something no other Bennett collector has (that I know of), a teapot and sugar bowl!

When I scour the net for John Bennett pottery, The term I use most is “John Bennett vase”. I have an order of search terms: John Bennett: vase; pottery; charger; plaque; chalice; jardiniere; lamp; tile; art tile; watercolor; bowl; pitcher; ewer and sketch.

Now I will add the terms teapot and sugar bowl! Again, congratulations!

John Bennett Teapot and Sugar Bowl


JB_ebayTeapotCreamerI was very excited to come across this on ebay as it is the only teapot and sugar bowl I’ve ever seen from John Bennett! They are extraordinary and would certainly start a conversation when serving guest in your home or gallery! One lump or two?

I’m sure a John Bennett collector, family member or museum will be thrilled to have it in their collection. They are stunning!

This lot will conclude tomorrow, Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm.  I apologize for the late notice. I just came across it last night. On the site the lot is referred to sometimes as  a “teapot and creamer”.  This is an easy-to-make mistake. It’s clearly a teapot and sugar bowl and there isn’t a creamer. The description has it correct but some of the titles have the mistake. It would be great to get a picture of the teapot and sugar bowl in its new home! Good luck with the bidding!


NO RESERVE! Fresh from an estate on Bangor, Maine. The sugar bowl measures 6″ tall and 5″ at its widest diameter. The teapot also measures 8.25″ at its widest overall point (spout to outside edge of its handle) while the sugar bowl measures 5″ tall and 4.5″ at its widest diameter.

The set is being sold on by seller “ryanjordan71”. “ryanjordan71” is the arm of Gould Auctions, from Smithfield, Maine. The owner, Tim Gould was kind to share his images with us.

ryanjordan71 shows zoomed-in pictures of the pieces and describes the condition as:
“The teapot has a hairline crack at an area of its main body directly atop where its spout enters the pot (see photos)… otherwise the teapot is SUPERB and without damage throughout. The top finial of the sugar bowl has been at one time detached and “glued back” into place… otherwise the sugar bowl is SUPERB and without damage throughout.”

I don’t believe these areas should effect the price much.

All of the large images are linked to this sale and the links will probably quit working soon after the bidding concludes. I inserted a gallery near the bottom which isn’t.























I do not have the rights to any of the images used in this article. The images of the pottery were shared for this article.

Special thanks to Tim Gould for sharing the images, ebay and Gould Auctions in Smithfield, Maine.



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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is home to an impressive collection of John Bennett pottery.

In the past I have I’ve discussed eight pieces in their collection that I was aware of.  I would like to thank to New York collectors Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack for sending me photos and bringing to my attention 2 additional John Bennett vases!

The two vases are part of the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, displayed in the American Wing. I knew of the beautiful blue vase (25 1/2″ h) from the same collection. The large blue vase is juxtaposed with two petite Bennett vases on the shelf above it. Both small pieces are typical for John Bennett in the way the painting is applied. The surprise to me was the scale of the pieces!  Displayed with the stunning and larger blue Bennett, it showcases the range in scale in which John Bennett worked. The contrast in size makes the display more interesting than just beautiful pottery.

The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of Ceramics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases the collection of artistic ceramics in the United States from 1876 to 1956. The earliest examples date to the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. The Centennial Exhibition was the first time John Bennett’s work would be displayed in the United States. At the time he was with H. Doulton & Company.

The works are displayed in the Mezzanine Gallery 707 of the American Wing. Gallery 707 is one of 73 galleries in the American Wing. The American Wing houses  17,194 examples of American Decorative Arts. More information about the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be found here.

Gallery 707 – American Ceramics, 1876–1956


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John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1878
New York, N.Y., 1882.
Earthenware. H. 25-1/2 in.
Promised Gift of Robert A. Ellison Jr.
L.2009.22.50. Photograph Robert A. Ellison Jr.
On view in Gallery 707
A wonderful video with collector Robert A. Ellison Jr. and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Metropolitan Museum’s Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, discussing his gifted collection of American ceramics from 1876 to 1956 can be seen here or by clicking the image below (Almost 4.5 minutes. I’m not sure how long this link will last).


7 more John Bennett pieces at the Met

John Bennett, Plaque
Date: 1879
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Painted and glazed earthenware
Dimensions: Diam. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1983
Accession Number: 1983.262
John Bennett, Charger detail
John Bennett, vase
Date: 1879
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Painted and glazed earthenware
Dimensions: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); Diam. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1985
Accession Number: 1985.168
John Bennett, Charger
John Bennett, Charger detail

John Bennett, Charger

Date: 1877
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: ceramic
Dimensions: 17 in. diameter x 2 in. deep (43.2 x 5.1 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number: 2008.176
John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1878
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.448.3

John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1882
Geography: Mid-Atlantic, New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.425
On view in Gallery 743
John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1877
Geography: New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: White earthenware
Dimensions: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification: Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 2011
Accession Number: 2011.321.1


John Bennett, Vase
Date: 1880
Geography: New York, New York, United States
Culture: American
Medium: Red earthenware
Dimensions: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 2011
Accession Number: 2011.321.2


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This evening a charming John Bennett vase sold on Flying under the radar the bidding was quiet until just before closing when it it rose to when it rose from $99 to $1,475! I’m sure the lucky buyer will be happy with this beautiful vase. I believe the price to be modest in comparison to other Bennett pieces that have sold that were similar. The body of the vase is classical but simple. Congratulations to the new owner!






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I just came across a beautiful John Bennett vase which is at auction today! If you’re interested, I hope it’s not too late.

The auction is the Fine and Decorative Art: Catalog Session
Live Salesroom Auction Day 2



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Lot #1226 – John Bennett Tall Bottle Vase

EST: $3,000.00 – $5,000.00

A tall bottle vase rising above a round foot with a bulbous body and slender neck, having all-over white and green floral decoration against a dark blue ground, signed on underside in blue J Bennett / ?(obscured when drilled through)? / N.Y., below marks in black 6 MC (monogram) 79; ht. 15.25 in.

 Condition:  Vase was previously drilled as a lamp, obscuring the address line of Bennett’s signature.

The monogram stated by Cowan’s Auctions is actually a conjoined M,A,C,E. It was from John Bennett’s assistant, Mary Adaline Edwards Carter. Her services were later secured by Louis Tiffany and she was a very accomplished decorative artist.

I wrote about her back in February, 2012. The article, “Mystery Initials” can be found here.

The vase can also be viewed and bid on at


While I was confirming this I saw another John Bennett vase (previously pulled from auction) coming back in a week at Rago Arts Auction Center. The Early 20th Century Design Auction begins at 8 AM, October 18, 2014.

The catalog can be viewed here.


Perhaps if we’re too late to bid today we can bid next week! Good luck!

Special thanks to Cowan’s Auctions, Live Auctioneers and Rago Arts Auction Center.

2 John Bennett vases are on the auction
block Saturday, June 14, 2014, the day before Father’s Day!

The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts Auction Center in Lambertville, NJ.

Click on the Early 20th image below to link to this particular auction at Rago Arts Auction Center. The vase images are each linked to their respective page at The Live Auctioneers graphic that follows each picture is linked to the individual lot’s bidding page at

Good luck! I’m sure someone is going to be happy with their John Bennett vase.






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Lot 25:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Small vase painted with wild roses, New York, 1882
7″ x 4″ $1500-$1500
Two small chips to rim.

Auction Date: Sat, June 14, 11:00AM
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

to bid on Lot 25 click on liveauctioneers below


The next Lot, 26 is beautiful and I can’t help thinking that it reminds me of a botanical print.


Early 20th: June 2014
Lot 26:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall bulbous vase painted with milkweed on white ground, New York, 1879
Signed BENNETT 412E24 NY 1879
15 1/4″ x 7″

Auction Date: Sat, June 14, 11:00AM
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

to bid on Lot 26 click on liveauctioneers below


 Though I’ve never seen this vase before, I have seen examples of this bulbous body used by John Bennett. This vase is similar and has the same body as the the one in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

That vase sold in a Rago Arts Auction in October 2010 (Sale Price: $13,420). The vase was purchased by the American Decorative Arts 1900 Foundation. ADA1900, focuses on the American Arts & Crafts and Prairie School movements and American art pottery. They acquire museum-quality furniture, lighting, ceramics, metalwork and glass by American makers during the period of 1876-1940, with the goal of placing them within museum collections. Now this vase can be enjoyed by the public at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM).



John Bennett vase, 1878

painted and glazed earthenware
15 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (38.7 x 18.1 cm)

Funds given by Victor Porter Smith and the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, funds given in honor of Joyce and Jules Pass; and gift of Gregory D. Flotron and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Burkart, by exchange

(On View, Gallery 127)

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Another example in which John Bennett used the same body is a vase in the collection of
Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack, New York, New York.

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As a follow up to the 2 previous auction articles:


The John Bennett art tile sold in the auction on May 29, 2014 after 2 bids for a modest $382.77.

I’m sure the buyer was very happy about that!

During the Rago Arts Early 20th c. Auction in March, 2014, 2 John Bennett pieces sold

Lot 139:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Tall vase painted with clematis on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Bottom signed Bennett New York 1881, body signed JB 1881
15 1/2″ x 7″
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Sale Price: $23,750

Lot 140:  JOHN BENNETT (1840 – 1907)
Vase painted with hydrangeas on yellow ground, New York, 1881
Signed Bennett New York 1881
9 1/2″ x 7″
Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500

Sale Price: $4,688



A John Bennett art tile is currently listed on ebay. It is listed on ebay here.

The tile is connected to a published set I wrote about a couple of years ago.

That set appeared in the book American Art Tile 1876-1941 by Norman Karlson (Sep 15, 1998)

That article is archived here.


Tiles_Bennett in American Art Tile, Norman Karlson, -2The Quixote art tiles above appear in the book.

Below are pictures the seller has posted on ebay. I have linked all the pictures to the page on ebay. When the auctions ends the links may not still work.



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It’s very rare to find John Bennett art tiles. I was happy to see this one!

The tile is a large 7 7/8″ square, unlike the tiles in my collection which are 6″. It also uses letters in the background, just like the tiles in the book. As the the Delftware like blue sketch is on a white background, it does show some browning, crazing and minor chips. Perhaps we don’t see this often in his other works because of his intense use of color and decoration. The tiles from this series, a departure from his typical style are simple sketches and are mysterious with the letters in the background. Of the series of Quixote tiles, I really like this one because the two main characters, Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza appear on the same tile.

The auction ends in a couple of days (May 29, 2014 ). Good luck!