1979 Foltz Chamber Candlestick Holder Glazed Redware with Sponged Decoration Having an Applied Finger Loop
Description: A very nice glazed redware chamber candlestick holder. The candlestick holder is colored in a brown background and consists of a central short hollow stem/shaft in the center of a dish having a small loop finger handle. The shaft/stem has bulge in its middle followed by two constrictions and then flares up into the cup/holder with the opening where the candle would fit. The opening is about 1 1/2" deep and is about 1" in diameter. The plate, supporting the stem, has a flat base with flared rounded sides decorated with incised parallel lines both on the inside and outside then terminating in a coggled rim with yellow sponged decoration all along the edge and extending down on the inside to almost the flat part. The bottom of the piece is unglazed and shows the typical red color of unglazed redware and is signed and dated by the artist. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Reinholds, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: ~2 3/8" at its highest (top of the finger loop) while the dish is ~4" in diameter at the base and ~5 1/2" in diameter on top. This is a solid piece weighing over 13 ounces.
Maker: C. Ned Foltz.
Marks: In cursive calligraphy on the bottom edge of the base "C.N.Foltz; The Foltz Pottery; Reinholds, PA; 1979" with a cross below it all. It is our understanding that pieces signed C.N.Foltz are made by the artist himself rather than his workers.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very well made and nice piece made by Ned Foltz himself, which would display well in any collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, hairlines, or repairs. It does have general crazing, which is hard to see, due to the color of the piece, but is there. The piece has residue of wax from being used that would benefit from a good cleaning, but we leave that to the new owner. Also, the piece has a couple of small defects at the rim where the glazed did not fully flow and left spots of redware exposed. These are original to the making and they really do not distract from the beauty and condition of the piece and is mentioned here for completeness. Please see photos to appreciate the quality, beauty and condition of this beautiful piece.
In Closing: This is a very nice piece made by a well known and highly collectible master potter in the best tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch pottery. Definitely a nice piece deserving a prominent spot in any redware collection.