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Sold for: $2,760

On January 11, 2014 at 10:00am in the city of
Boston, a John Bennett vase will be on the block!

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John Bennett Earthenware Vase, New York, 1878, bottle shape polychrome enamel decorated with flowering plants and insects, artist monogram and inscribed mark, ht. 10 5/8 in.

European Furniture & Decorative Arts – 2698B

Lot: 244
Estimate: $400 – $600

Skinner’s description says “In very good condition throughout with no evidence of any cracks, chips or restorations”.

This estimate will have collectors
climbing over each other to win the bid!

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Skinner Gallery

63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 02116
(617) 350-5400

With galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Mass., Skinner is a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art. Skinner conducts auctions year-round in both locations. Skinner’s specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Ceramics, Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Wines, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science, Technology & Clocks, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, and Discovery.

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Just 2 miles away at the Museum of Fine Arts
there is another John Bennett vase.

AGENDA for Pat meeting June 16:

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about 1873–83
John Bennett, 1840–1907

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
General Information: 617-267-9300

Visit and support museums that have John Bennett in their collection.
Visit the MFA Boston.

Good luck with the bidding!

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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www.ragoarts.com

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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.

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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.

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Lot 230

JOHN BENNETT

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

Link to bidding page here:

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Lot 231

JOHN BENNETT

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

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if you cannot attend the auction in person, you can still see the auction, live. The prices realized are also posted as soon as the lot sells. The way to watch is by going to www.liveauctioneers.com. It’s free. Create an account there and you can observe and/or bid on pieces you’re interested in. How great is that?!

www.liveauctioneers.com

About Rago Arts Auction Center

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is a leading U.S. auction house with an international clientele. With sales of over $20 million annually, Rago’s outdistances all other New Jersey auction houses in size and scope. More…

Rago Arts Auction Center
333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5:30 pm

General Inquiries
Phone: (609) 397-9374
Toll Free: (866)-724-6278
E-mail: info@ragoarts.com
Fax: (609) 397-9377

www.ragoarts.com

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.

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Vase with nicotina

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Lot 230

JOHN BENNETT

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

Link to bidding page here:

LiveAuctioneers

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Vase with primrose


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Lot 231

JOHN BENNETT

New York, 1870s, 
Signed J. Bennett/412/E24/N.Y.,
7″ x 4″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Link to bidding page here:

LiveAuctioneers

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Lot 232

JOHN BENNETT

New York, 1870s
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Signed J. Bennett/New York,
10″ x 6 1/2″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Link to bidding page here:

LiveAuctioneers

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Vase with magnolia blossoms

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JOHN BENNETT

West Orange, NJ, ca. 1885
Signed JB/W.O.,
8″ x 7 1/2″
Auction Date: Sat, March 02, 12:00PM
Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500

Link to bidding page here:

LiveAuctioneers

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if you cannot attend the auction in person, you can still see the auction, live. The prices realized are also posted as soon as the lot sells. The way to watch is by going to www.liveauctioneers.com. It’s free. Create an account there and you can observe and/or bid on pieces you’re interested in. How great is that?!

www.liveauctioneers.com

About Rago Arts Auction Center

The Rago Arts and Auction Center is a leading U.S. auction house with an international clientele. With sales of over $20 million annually, Rago’s outdistances all other New Jersey auction houses in size and scope. More…

Rago Arts Auction Center
333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5:30 pm

General Inquiries
Phone: (609) 397-9374
Toll Free: (866)-724-6278
E-mail: info@ragoarts.com
Fax: (609) 397-9377

www.ragoarts.com

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Update: I am still working on the article about the unusual Bennett vase that I mentioned in my previous article. I have also received pictures from the Armory Show, the Winter Antiques Show, a newspaper advertisement for a John Bennett exhibition at Davis Collamore & Company in New York, 1887. I also have images of John Bennett pottery from various dealers in New York. I will post these after the Rago Arts Auction on March 2, 2013. The pictures that have been sent to me are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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For more information click here.

The vases are from Kingscote.

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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 www.NewportMansions.org/

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

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For more information about East Side House Settlement visit www.eastsidehouse.org

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.

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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

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

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Visit the Decorative Arts Society website here.

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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!

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I came across another book, which demonstrates the popularity of John Bennett 2 years after the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876. The book is from the college library at the Fog Art Museum at Harvard University. It was written in 1879. The book is The Official Catalogue of the Art Collection of the Seventh Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, Catalog Paintings, Engravings, Sculpture and Household Art. The catalog lists (without images) 40 pieces of John Bennett Pottery! 38 vases and 2 placques. Below I have listed the page numbers, catalog numbers and items. If there is an asterisk after the item number, the piece was available for purchase.

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The book has been made available through Google’s Book project. You can read or download the book from here.
Page 88:
Number 19*.Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

Page 90
Numbers 70 and 71*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

Page 91.
Numbers 75-77*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 87*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

Page 92.
Numbers 90 and 91*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Page 96.
Number 158*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

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Number 166*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

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Number 189*. Placque, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

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Numbers 272-275. Vases, decorated by Bennett, John Bennett New York.

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Number 323. Placque, by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 329*. Vase, decorated by Bennett, John Bennett New York.

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Number 332*. Vase, decorated by Bennett, John Bennett, New York.
Numbers 336-337*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 340*. Blue vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Numbers 341 – 343*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Numbers 347 – 349*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

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Number 354*. Cylindrical vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 359*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 362*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

Page 108.
Number 367*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 369. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

Page 112.
Numbers 424 – 427*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.
Number 437*. Vase, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

Page 114.
Numbers 461-462*. Vases, decorated by Bennett. John Bennett, New York.

I’m optimistic that 2013 will be a better year! Instead of my normal resolutions (lose weight, live healthier, etc), this year my number one resolution is going to be “listen better”. How does this relate to John Bennett?

Almost 10 years ago I heard about a book that sounded like it would have good information about John Bennett. The book was expensive (for regular folks), so I looked to other, more affordable sources for information. As I’ve mentioned before, more and more museums are developing accessible data bases on line and more information is becoming available about John Bennett. I told myself that I would go to the library to find the book but that was successful as the losing weight resolution.

Last year a collector/friend from New York mentioned to me that I should read this book. Time passed and for a year I had not read the book.

Over the holidays I reviewed a copy of the book. My estimate is the information about John Bennett that was in this book was equal to about 5 years of my research! Had I read the book earlier I could have saved myself many hours of reading, web surfing and note taking. Lessons learned: Stop procrastinating and listen better! The book was incredible! It is well written, organized and comprehensive with John Bennett information. It also has a trail of reference materials that will keep me busy for some time. I looked online to see if the price had dropped on the book. It had not. On Amazon.com the book could be found for $74.85 (used) or $2,217.54 (new)! I jumped over to Barnes and Noble.com and the book listed form various locations in the range of $229.50 – $325.47.

Here is the information about this incredible book:

Title: In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement

Author: Burke, Doreen Bolger

Contributor: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986

Length: 511 pages

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The book is also available for the great price of FREE! I initially found the book at Google books. The book can be read but it currently states that an ebook is not available for downloading. To review the book, click here.

Then I found it again for FREE! The electronic version is now available from the Metropolitan Museum! The book is out of print and currently not available for purchase, but can be downloaded as a PDF! To download the book, visit MetPublications here.

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To the right of the picture of the book are tab buttons which you can click to “Read online” or “Download pdf”

The book is as beautiful as it is informative. Now I have it on my iPad. It is awesome to read the book during breaks and to have the references used to write the book. Even if you have read the book, it’s great to have in your collection. The good thing about having it electronically is that it is searchable. Being searchable, makes this book valuable as a reference tool, not only for John Bennett but the other artists which contributed to the Aesthetic Movement. If you’re interested in the Aesthetic Movement, you will love this book.

Truthfully, I did not read the entire 511 page book. I did read more than just the John Bennett portions. John Bennett is discussed on pages: 20, 216-220, 231, 326, 426, 452 and 402-403

The book is comprehensive with John Bennett history, information about those that he was influenced by and his contribution to America and the Aesthetic Movement. The pictures are stunning examples of John Bennett pottery and reflect the quality and importance of the Metropolitan’s Decorative Arts collection. It also references other prestigious museums which have John Bennett work in their collection.

I would like to thank Doreen Bolger Burke for writing the book, my friend Robert for recommending it and the Metropolitan Museum for making the book available electronically. I encourage everyone to visit the museum and to support the efforts of the Metropolitan Museum. For more information about the museum, click here.

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