1987 Glazed Redware Penny Bank Pig Standing on All Four by Lester Breininger
Description: This is a 1987 redware penny bank glazed with a dark brown background color and yellow sponged highlights. The piece is in the shape of a pig standing on all four. The pig is rather large in size measuring ~6" long with a round snout and black painted eyes. It has a black painted curled tail. The bank has a coin slot on to or the back of the pig. The piece stands on four short cone-like legs. This beautiful glazed redware bank was made by Lester Breininger. This beautiful piece was made as toy as in days gone by. This is an early Breininger piece which was most likely made by him personally. Please see photo to appreciate the beautiful design and colors. The bottom of the bank is marked as to the maker and the date the piece was made. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: The bank is ~6" long, is ~3 1/4" at its widest, and is ~~3 3/4" at its highest. The piece weighs ~11 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "LB; 87" in block letters on the bottom.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice early Breininger piece with a typical Pennsylvania Dutch shape and look made by a Master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Needless to say Mr. Breininger has passed away in December 2011 and pottery made by him has become highly desirable.
Condition: The bank is in very good condition with no cracks, no repairs, no chips, no crazing to the glaze, or hairlines. The piece has some of the normal defects you would expect in a piece of primitive pottery of this type such as spots where the glaze did not fully flow, pops, slubs, and surface roughness. This particular piece has a minimum of these issues with the exception of some pronounced roughness to the surface above the hind legs which is original to the making and does not compromise the beauty or integrity of the piece. Be that as it may, the piece is solid and intact and would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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