1941 Isaac Stahl Redware Candlestick Holder Rare Glazed with Olive Brown Coloring Applied Finger Loop, Powder Valley Pennsylvania
Description: A most beautiful in form and colors redware chamber candlestick holder. This glazed holder has an applied finger loop and a central shaft where the candle would fit. The piece has a round flat base with rounded sides rising to a plain rim. The candlestick holder is colored in a nice olive brown color with dark highlights along the edges of the rim and the top of the shaft where the candle would fit. The coloring of the piece has the usual mottling you would expect in a Stahl piece of this vintage. The base of the pot is unglazed and shows the typical color of unglazed redware. It is marked as to the maker and the date it was made. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: June 9, 1941.
Origin: Powder Valley, Southeastern Pennsylvania
Size: The pot is ~3" in diameter at the base, ~5 1/8" diameter at the top, the diameter of the opening where the candle would fit is ~1 1/4" in diameter, and the piece is ~2 5/8" at its highest. This is a substantial piece weighing almost 12 ounces.
Maker: Isaac Stahl.
Marks: Marked "Made in By; I. S, Stahl; June 9th, n1941; Cool and Rain" incised in cursive calligraphy on the bottom of the base of the piece.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice piece in form and color that is in very good condition after being around for over 70 years made by one of the best and most famous potters from Southeastern Pennsylvania. Very well done and would display very well in your collection of Pennsylvania redware.
Condition: The candlestick holder is in very good condition with no breaks, cracks, hairlines, or chips. The glaze has a very fine crazing pattern that just gives the piece great character. The piece also shows many spots of color and glaze losses along the edges which show up as gray colored areas in the photos. These are not chips and they are only losses to the surface and do not distract from the quality of the piece. The piece also has some of the manufacturing defects you would expect in a primitive piece of redware of this vintage such as pops, slubs, areas where the glaze did not fully flow, and unglazed spots. This piece has very few such issues with two spots where the glaze did not fully cover the redware one at 6:00 O'clock in the fifth photo and the other is at about 2:00 O'clock in the sixth photo as well as a scuffed spot seen at 10:00 O'clock in the fifth photo. Finally, the piece has residue of wax, which we believe would clean nicely, but we leave that to the new owner. Other than that the piece is great looking and would display very well in your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information.