1973 Glazed Redware Egg Sgraffito Design Basket Poppy Flower Mom & Pop by Lester Breininger
Description: A nice size and early redware egg made by Lester Breininger. It is beautifully decorated with a sgraffito design depicting a basket with a handle containing what we believe is a poppy flower. This yellow and brown colored egg is dated 1973 and is signed LBB for Lester and Barbara Breininger. This egg was made when Lester was still making his own ware and signing it himself. The egg is yellow in color with a brown design depicting a basket with flowers in it. The bottom of the egg is brown and has the maker's mark. The colors of the egg are typical Pennsylvania Dutch colors. The back of the egg or its base is slightly flat and brown in color. This is a very nice redware egg with classic Pennsylvania Dutch colors. The egg is also decorated with the date 1973 and the word Poppy on one side and the words Mom & Pop on the other side. The egg is entirely glazed and looks great. The bottom of the egg has the maker's mark and date in incised lettering under the glaze. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: This egg measures ~3 1/4" long and is ~2 1/4" high and ~2 3/8" wide. The piece weighs about 3.8 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: The egg is marked on the bottom with incised Keystone having the inscription PA within it and the letters "LBB" below it and "TM" for trade mark above it and the number "7" to its right.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is an early piece made by the master himself with the help of his wife Barbara. It is rather interesting and a great example of the master potter's early work. It would make a great addition to any redware collection. Note that Mr. Breininger died in December 2011 and as such work by him personally has become very desirable and thought after. A nice and well made piece worthy of a spot in your collection of contemporary redware.
Condition: The egg is in very good condition. It has no cracks, no repairs, or hairlines. The piece has signs of onset of crazing to the glaze. The egg does have a few of the usual defects you would expect with all these primitive redware pieces such as pops, slubs, unglazed areas and uneven spots. However, these are at a minimum and can barely be seen in the photos but can be felt. Regardless this is a beautiful piece in good shape after 43 years of being around. Please see photos to appreciate its beauty and for additional condition information.