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John Bennett Teapot and Sugar Bowl

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

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!

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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 www.ragoarts.com. The Live Auctioneers graphic that follows each picture is linked to the individual lot’s bidding page at www.liveauctioneers.com.

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
Signed BENNETT NEW YORK R/82
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

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

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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

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 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).

 

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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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How to Bid

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There is Five Ways to Bid
1. Bidding online – Rago’s partnership with Live Auctioneers (www.LiveAuction.com) allows you to bid online in real time  from your computer.

2. Live on your smart phone or mobile device. Now there is a free mobile app at iTunes and the AppStore and can be downloaded from iTunes by clicking on the linked picture below:

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3. Bidding by regular phone – If you want to bid live with them by phone, they can arrange for an agent from their staff to call you.

4. Bidding in the room at the venue. The vases are to be auctioned by Rago Arts & Auction Center, located at 333 North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ. For maps and directions click on the image below:

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5. Bidding by left bid – Left bids (also known as absentee bids) give the auctioneer permission to bid for you as if you were in the room, starting on your behalf at the lowest possible selling price and, as long as there is competition, bidding for you – if necessary, up to the maximum amount you have designated. We accept absentee bids by phone or fax. We will even do our best to enter bids during a live auction if the call is received sufficiently in advance and from a registered bidder. That said, absentee bids are time stamped, so the earlier an absentee bid is submitted, the better. The earlier of two identical absentee bids will win the day.

Download and Print Rago’s Absentee/Phone Bid form here.

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As a follow up to the 2 previous auction articles:

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The John Bennett art tile sold in the ebay.com 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

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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

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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

“Gilded New York: Design, Fashion and Society” edited by Donald Albrecht and Jeannine Falino (Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press), coordinates with an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York that is intended to launch the new Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery at the museum.

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The covered jar above is in the book as well as the Gilded New York exhibit at the Museum
of the City of New York. It is from the collection of New York collectors
Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack.

Read Lorna Koski’s article in Women’s Wear Daily as she discusses the book. Click on the image below and her article will open.

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The book is available at:

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Special thanks to

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Donald Albrecht and Jeannine Falino
(Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press)

Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack for sharing your collection with the public.

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For making the Gilded New York exhibition possible.

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Lorna Koski’s, writer

The Museum of the City of New York

The Monacelli Press

The Museum of the City of New York
Presents: Gilded New York

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Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.

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Display center, large covered jar.
J Bennett, New York, 1881. 15 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. Collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack

A treat for lovers of John Bennett pottery, the exhibition displays 2 beautiful examples of John Bennett pottery. A large and stunning covered jar and a small lidded bottle are displayed in the exhibition (not together). Both pieces are from the collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack. The large black covered jar astounded me as I have communicated with them many times and wasn’t even aware of this piece in their collection. They acquired it in an auction in 2001. The jar is signed twice (bottom and side). This double signature is rarely seen. The thought is that it was a sign of Bennett’s approval of a piece. I think he probably did not want someone else getting credit for his work. By signing it on the side as well as the bottom, it would be clear who the artist was, even if it was displayed where you couldn’t inspect the bottom, such as a cabinet.

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Collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack

In contrast to this to this large covered jar is another piece displayed that is a small lidded bottle.

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John Bennett, lidded bottle

Collection of Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack

The covered jar in the exhibition looks like the black beauty sold at Rago Arts Auction Center in 2005. They’re not twins but are definitely siblings. Both jars were created in 1881. The Barnes-Cunningham covered jar has red roses whereas the Tuggle-Jeromack piece has red berries. Both are stunning and superior examples of John Bennett.

I love John Bennett’s covered jars. The ones I’ve seen at auction as well as the Tuggle-Jeromack vase all display a surprise under the lid. The Barnes-Cunningham black covered jar has flowers underneath. Their other covered jar (purchased at same September 2005 auction at Rago Arts Auction Center) is painted underneath in a jeweled blue.

In comparison to the covered jar in the exhibition, below is the covered jar from the Barnes-Cunningham collection.

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John Bennett, Covered jar, 1881

Collection of Bruce Barnes and Joseph Cunningham

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Collection of Bruce Barnes and Joseph Cunningham

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Collection of Bruce Barnes and Joseph Cunningham

In 2005, Bruce Barnes founded American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, a private foundation that works independently and in collaboration with museums across the United States to foster the appreciation and understanding of American decorative art from the period around 1900. Since October 2012, he has been the director of George Eastman House.

How appropriate it is that the Gilded New York exhibition was made possible by

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My grandmother, Marguerite Bennett Kelley (John Bennett’s grand daughter) used to tell me that John Bennett had 2 tables of pottery at Tiffany & Co. Like this exhibit, Tiffany & Co. epitomizes Gilded New York.

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“Gilded New York” runs through November 2014 at the Museum of the City of New York.
Visit and support the museum.

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Open Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

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I have been inspired to start writing again, thanks to a note from Chris’s Wismar of Toms River, New Jersey, regarding a previously unseen (to the public) John Bennett vase.

I must say, from the images he sent me that it is an exceptional vase and I was very excited to see it. Mr. Wismar mentioned that he is contemplating selling this vase, possibly in an auction. The vase has been in his family for a long time and was gifted to him from his grandmother.

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Of course, I pointed him to Rago Arts & Auction Center, located at 333 North Main Street in Lambertville, NJ. I explained that if I were selling a Bennett, that’s where I would want it.

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is a leading U.S. auction house with an international clientele. With sales of over $30 million annually  More…

This piece, 1881, is large (approximately 15-7″). It is of cream-colored earthenware, featuring the blossoms of a Clematis vine. It is very reminiscent, in style to the 1882 Bennett vase in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. It uses the same intense color palette with a stylized sprig design (darker toned yellow over a mottled yellow ground). Also, like the Metropolitan vase, this one exhibits a rarely seen John Bennett double signature. One signature is on the bottom and one is on the side, making it visible when the vase is displayed.

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John Bennett, vase, 1882, featuring pink and white dogwood branches.
Metropolitan Museum of Art collection

Stylistically it is also like the covered jar in the  Newark Museum

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John Bennett, Large covered jar, 1881

John Bennett’s American Pottery
Newark Museum
Covered jar with yellow ground, 1881
Earthenware with under-glaze decoration
15 3/4 in. high x 11 1/2 in. diameter
from Collection of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation

This vase is also similar to the Newport vases presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County. See our January 20, 2013 post, about the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show. This post included The New York Times article, “A POTTER’S SECOND BLOOM” by Eve Kahn . Her article promoted The 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York.

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John Bennett vases from Newport, at the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York, photographed by the distinguished collector Robert Tuggle.

Here are more views of Mr. Wismar’s lovely vase:

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A Bennett vase of this size and stunning decoration is sure to generate excitement to John Bennett lovers everywhere. From the images Mr. Wismar sent, the vase appears to be in excellent condition. I didn’t notice any imperfections and the photos did not exhibit signs of restoration.

If you are interested, Chris can be reached through email at chriswismar@gmail.com or contacted by telephone at 732-619-6611.

If this vase goes to auction, I will write about it again. Thank you Chris Wismar for the inspiration to write. Good luck with your beautiful vase.

Happy new year everyone. I would like to start out by apologizing for my absence. Family duty as a caregiver consumed much of my time this past year as my mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She lost her battle with the disease just before Thanksgiving. A week after she passed I was holding my granddaughter (1 1/2 years old) and that softened the loss I felt. I realized god takes away ones we love AND gives us new ones to love.

The circle of life can be difficult at times and we need to appreciate our loved ones in the short time we’re here. I’m grateful that she was my mother and that I was able to help her in her time of need.

Congratulations to the sellers and to the buyers of the 4 Bennett vases at the auction today. The buyers made good investments with these vases. If you won the bid let me know. Are you beginning a collection or adding to a collection? Did the descendants of John Bennett acquire any of the pieces? These vases are striking. I’m sure you will be happy with them!

Perhaps one will be in a museum near you, soon. Please support the efforts of that museum.

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Lot 230  SOLD!  $3,500

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Lot 231  SOLD!  $3,750

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Lot 232  SOLD!  $3,250

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Lot 233  SOLD!  $2,800

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Special thanks to Rago Arts Auction Center
and Live Auctioneers.

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