Bell Motif Impressed on Bowls and Plates - Signed William Bell
by Tom L
William Bell Pottery/Ceramics/China
Here's a tricky one for you...
For the last couple of years I have been reselling dinnerware and such on eBay. While searching for inventory one day, I came across these plates and bowls at a thrift store in Boca Raton.
They are signed William Bell and have an impressed bell on the base. They have a blue geometric, retro, starburst design on white pottery. There are specks of blue on the face of the wares but none on the back, suggesting this was done as part of the design.
There is a swirl on pieces suggesting these were thrown on a wheel. I am becoming more interested in older stoneware but being in South Florida it is hard to find older pieces as you would up north.
I have found a few pottery and potter's art pieces that are hard to part with because they are so appealing. Most impressive, in my opinion, are the Italian pieces. My exposure to potters art is limited but would like to see more of it in my collection.
I have searched the web with numerous different queries in search engines and can't seem to find the mark on these pieces. It may be a small local shop somewhere, but I can't seem to find another mark like it.
I have checked with Bell Potters in Canada and Maine and am waiting for a reply from the Museum of Ceramics in Zaneszille, Ohio. Since I am a novice, I have no clue as to the age of these pieces.
Not sure if these are remnants, I doubt it, of Bell Brothers. I read an article stating they had found a few shards of stoneware while excavating the old factory site, as their main product was porcelain before closing.
Interested to get anyone else's ideas on this.
Thanks in advance