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




Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. (formerly Cowan’s Historic Americana) is one of the nation’s leaders in the sale of Historic Americana, American & European Furniture, Decorative Arts, and American Indian Arts. 

Cowan’s Auctions is owned and operated by Wes Cowan, an internationally recognized expert in historic Americana, Wes stars in the PBS television series History Detectives and is a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. He writes an antiques column for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is a frequently requested speaker at antiques events around the country. Wes is licensed as an auctioneer in Ohio and holds a BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

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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.