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A wonderful article by Eve Kahn appeared in the NY Times on January 17. The article, “A POTTER’S SECOND BLOOM” is about John Bennett. The article can be viewed  here.

The story promotes The 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show


January 25-February 3, 2013

Open Daily 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sundays & Thursday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Park Avenue Armory

67th St. & Park Ave.

New York City


2013 Loan Exhibition

Newport: The Glamour of Ornament

Celebrating The Preservation Society of Newport County

Sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance
for the 17th Consecutive Year


The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island’s largest cultural organization, preserves and protects the best of Newport County’s architectural heritage.  Its 11 historic properties and landscapes – seven of which are National Historic Landmarks – form a complete essay of American historical development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age.  In keeping with its mission, the Society strives to offer its members and the public a comprehensive view of each property’s architecture, interiors, landscapes and social history.  The Society hosts more than 800,000 visits to its properties annually.

The Preservation Society of Newport County in Rhode Island is lending 3 John Bennett pieces for the show.


I remember another John Bennett vase being sold from Newport, I think around 2001, which looked very similar to the ones in the show.


For more information click here.

The vases are from Kingscote.



The Preservation Society’s properties include: The Breakers (1895), Marble House (1892), The Elms (1901), Rosecliff (1902), Chateau-sur-Mer (1852), Kingscote (1841), Isaac Bell House (1883), Hunter House (1748), and Chepstow (1861).

For more information on The Preservation Society of Newport County, please visit

The 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show is a benefit for East Side House Settlement.


For more information about East Side House Settlement visit

Eve Kahn also sheds light on 2 other John Bennett vases. These 2 vases are now on display at the newly expanded Yale University Art Gallery.





Of the 5 vases, this one was the only one I was familiar with. I remember it from a Rago Arts Auction back in 2006. To see a picture of it then click the Rago Arts logo


I saw it later on the website of the Decorative Arts Society


Visit the Decorative Arts Society website here.

I think an important point Eve Kahn makes is that the preservation of John Bennett pottery is due to museum acquisitions, the efforts of collectors such as Robert Tuggle and Paul Jeromack and organizations such as the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation ( Bruce Barnes, Ph.D., President and Founder and Joseph Cunningham, Ph.D., Director).

I think family member and private collections play an important role as well and that with the advance or the internet, the public will benefit by getting to view these pieces.

The museums listed on the right have John Bennett pieces in their collections. I hope you visit them and support them. The list is incomplete. I am very optimistic that with Eve Kahn’s article,  more John Bennett pieces will surface and the public will benefit due to the attention she gave John Bennett. A big thank you to Eve Kahn!

UPCOMING: I’m working on an article that will feature a John Bennett vase that’s in a museum collection that has yet been mentioned on this blog. The vase will surprise you and is related in style to one of the Newport vases. Of the 3 vases from Newport, one has a beautiful texture on the neck. The piece in the museum collection I’m going to write about is completely textured and looks like nothing from Bennett that we’ve seen before!

Here is an update to the Bennett vase in Stockholm. It sold! It surpassed it’s estimate and like John Bennett, is coming to NewYork! Congratulations to the New York collector!

Estimate: SEK 15 000 – 20 000 / € 1 800 – 2 400

Hammer price: SEK 27 000 / € 3 200

The details can be viewed at the Bukowskis website.

Tack Bukowskis. Kontakta oss gärna när en annan John Bennett pjäs är på auktion.

A John Bennett vase in Stockholm, Sweden!



In a couple of days a John Bennett vase (lot 947) will be up for bids in Stockholm at the renowned auction house of Bukowskis.

A John Bennett art pottery vase, painted with cherry blossom branches, New York 1880. Signed BENNETT H12E24 N.Y. 1880. Height 25,5 cm, diameter 23,5 cm. Chips to mouth.

Auction: 26 October 2012, lot 947

Viewing: 17 – 23 October 2012
Estimate: SEK 15 000 – 20 000 / € 1 800 – 2 400


Henryk Bukowski

Bukowskis was founded in 1870 by Polish nobleman Henryk Bukowski. Bukowskis have conducted the greatest auctions in Sweden for the past 140 years, including the collection of King Charles XV in 1873 and the estate of Master director Ingmar Bergman in 2009. During the 1920’s, Bukowskis enjoyed the sole right to sell the etchings of Anders Zorn. In fact etchings by Zorn were so valid that they were accepted as security for bankloans and “exchange rates” were noted at Bukowskis. Bukowskis is the oldest salesroom for fine art in Scandinavia and remains the popular showcase for the unique and beautiful.

This charming vase is 25.5 cm high (10 inches) x 23.5 cm wide (9.25 inches).

The pictures show and the description state that there are chips on the mouth of the vase. In looking at the pictures I think these are minor and repairable.

I think this vase will be a bargain as John Bennett isn’t as sought after in Sweden as he is here. If you are interested or have questions, enquiries can be made at:

Customer service

+46 (0)8-614 08 00


The specific page is here.

 Visit their site at:

Tack Camilla för att skicka oss informationen! Lycka till!
Thank you Camilla for sending us the information! Good luck!

Special thanks to Bukowskis. The pictures of the pottery, used in this article are the property of Bukowskis. All rights belong to them.

I promise to have some great Bennett articles coming up.

This week I’ve been distracted by becoming a grandfather!

I would like to introduce Elizabeth Glen Morphew, the great-great-great-great granddaughter of John Bennett.


Elizabeth Glen Morphew
Born June 29, 2012
8lbs 3oz, 19 in.

Parents and baby are doing well 🙂

Elizabeth Glen Morphew

Kate Kelley Morphew – mother

Robert Kelley – grandfather (me)

Paul Kelley – great grandfather

Marguerite Bennett Kelley – great-great grandmother

Harry Bennett – great-great-great grandfather

John Bennett  – great-great-great-great grandfather


Fine Art, Midcentury & Antiques Estate Auction
Sunday, April 15
2372 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY
Estimate: 1,200.00 – 1,800.00
Buyer Premium 20%

Price Realized  $3,240 (including buyer’s premium)

Click the Lot number and you will be linked to the site I found it on

LOT 149

Rare John Bennett Art Pottery Vase.
From a Nyack, NY home. Dimensions: 7.5″ high.

I apologize for the short notice. I just found out about this 10 minutes ago!


Name: Fine Art, Midcentury & Antiques Estate Auction

Date(s) Sunday, April 15

Location 2372 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY

Buyer Premium 20%

Click the Lot number and you will be linked to the site I found it on

LOT # 149

Description: Rare John Bennett Art Pottery Vase.
From a Nyack, NY home. Dimensions: 7.5″ high.
Estimate: 1,200.00 – 1,800.00

The Site I found this at is:

Clarke Auction Gallery was started in Westchester NY in 1998. It is owned and operated by Ronan Clarke, an Irishman who started his career in Ireland and came to New York in 1988 via London. Since his arrival Clarke has moved from being a picker to owning 2 retail Antique Stores and All Boro Estate Liquidators (As featured in NY Times, NewYorker, Cranes and Fox 5 News) to opening his own Clarke Auction Gallery which fast became Westchesters Premier Auction.

Clarke Auction Gallery runs monthly to a packed house and is situated in the center of Larchmont NY, just five minutes from the Metro North Station (30 mins from N.Y.C, 20 mins from Connecticut) and also on  I-95 @ exit 17.

Clarke Auction Gallery also serves a worldwide audience with its online gallery. For any information or personal help don’t hesitate to call us at (914) 833-8336 or you can email

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