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.

Since the inception of this blog I have never re-blogged a post. Because of the short notice of this blog, I wanted to remind everyone og the Rago Arts Auction taking place at noon today. There a 4 stunning John Bennett vases and I didn’t want anyone to miss the opportunity of bidding on them. The small reminder I posted last night has a link to a page on the ragoarts.com site that explains that there are 4 ways to bid. Good luck.

John Bennett Pottery

4 beautiful John Bennett vases are on the auction block Saturday, March 2, 2013!

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 4 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 museums or private collectors are going to be very happy with their John Bennett pottery.


Vase with nicotina


Lot 230


New York, 1878
Signed J. Bennett E74/NY/1878
9 3/4″ x 6 3/4″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,250 – $2,750

Link to bidding page here:



Vase with primrose


Lot 231


New York, 1870s, 
Signed J. Bennett/412/E24/N.Y.,
7″ x 4″

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Please bear with me as I make revisions to this site. I found many of the museum links (to specific Bennett pieces) were broken. Museums, galleries and auction houses have site make overs. Sometimes  exhibits end or change. Any of these changes can break links. In the future I will be more diligent in monitoring changes. I’ have also created a new site page in the top menu bar called Museums. Here will be works of John Bennett with specific museums. I will change the Museum links in the right side navigation to go to a museum’s home page. Sometimes museums will feature a John Bennett piece and sometimes it will not be currently on display.  If a museum is listed in the Museum links, you can be sure it owns a John Bennett piece. If you see a museum in the Museum links on the right and cannot find the Bennett piece on their site, I would recommend looking in the Museums page in the top menu bar.

Congratulations to Chuck and Carol (Bennett) Hinds for
their acquisition of the vase below. It is beautiful!


John Bennett, Covered jar, 1881

Early in the life of this blog I discussed a John Bennett piece (above) that sold for $66,000
(Rago Arts and Auction, Early 20th, September 2005)

I am posting an article with a picture of the above covered jar.


Click on the link below and the article will download.


I just came across two John Bennett vases while looking at an archived auction that took place at Christie’s auction house 10 years ago.

The two vases were lot 421. You can see them in the photo below (one on each side of Lot 437, another vase similar to John Bennett’s).  Lot 421’s estimate was $1,000 – $1,500 but realized $8,225. The vase in the center was estimated at $800 – $1,200. It realized $353 (a definite bargain!). Notice how it looks like a Bennett vase? That’s because it was Doulton Lambeth Faience, 1875. John Bennett was the art director of the Faience department at Doulton Lambeth at that time. He developed and taught this style to the Faience department!

This John Bennett vase;s home is now in Houston. It appeared in a Pook & Pook Inc. auction catalog in September 2008, in Chester County, Pennsylvania.