1987 Redware Bulbous Shaped Manganese Glazed Pitcher Rope Handle Tobacco Spit Decoration by Lester Breininger
Description: A nice manganese glazed redware pitcher by Lester Breininger. This bulbous shaped pitcher has a tobacco spit style decoration in dark brown or black over the brown background. The pitcher has a round flat base which flares upwards with rounded sides rising to a neck having a protruding ring. There is an outwards flared collar ending in a plain rim, which has a pinched spout. The pitcher also has a rope shaped applied handle starting at the neck and extending to a point in the middle of the pitcher. As we indicated above, the pitcher has a brown colored background accented with black tobacco spit or black splotches decoration indicative of manganese glazing. The pitcher is also glazed on the inside but not on the base, which displays the typical unglazed redware coloring. The piece is signed and dated on the base. The piece has a great look typical of Pennsylvania Dutch historical redware kitchenware. This is a beautiful pitcher made in the studio of a master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: The pitcher is ~3 3/4" in diameter at the base, is ~6 1/4" at its widest including the spout and handle, and is ~6" high. The piece weighs about one pound and five ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; 1987 PA" in sloppy cursive calligraphy on the bottom.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice piece of redware which was made in the studios of one of Pennsylvania premier redware potters. Needless to say Mr. Breininger has passed away in December 2011. A piece that is sure to become a valuable collector item as time goes by.
Condition: The pitcher is in excellent condition with no cracks, repairs, or hairlines. The pitcher has general crazing to the glaze throughout. The piece has some of the usual defects you would expect in primitive redware pieces like this such as pops, slubs, uneven surfaces, roughness to the surface, and spots that were not completely covered by the glaze. This piece however has very few of such issues. A great piece to add to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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