1980 Breininger Redware 7" Yellow Plate Sgraffito Bell-Shaped Flowers Decoration
Description: A nice small glazed and sgraffito decorated redware pie plate. The plate has a flat base with flared rounded sides rising to a lightly coggeled edge. The plate is decorated with a sgraffito design depicting four bell-shaped flowers, possibly foxglove or lily of the valley, on stems with leaves. Two of the flowers are facing up while the other two are facing down. The plate is yellow in color with the design itself being in the reddish-brown coloring typical of redware sgraffito decoration and is surrounded with green sponged highlights indicative of copper oxide all on the yellow background with brown colored speckles. The plate was made by Lester Breininger himself on January 3, 1980. This type of decoration is very much in the Pennsylvania Dutch style common in southeastern Pennsylvania specifically in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Lancaster counties. The plate is glazed on the inside but not on the back. The unglazed back has the characteristic color of unglazed redware and is signed by the artist. Please carefully view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: January 3, 1980.
Origin: Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~7" in diameter on top and is ~1 1/8" high. The piece weighs about 12 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "TM; L+L Breininger Pottery; Robesonia Pa; Jan 3, 1980; RUSSIA INVADED AFGANISTAN" with the image of a Keystone in the center with the letters PA in its center all on the bottom in print calligraphy. See next to last photo for additional details.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful small pie plate made by the master himself with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. A beautiful redware piece, which deserves a prominent spot in your redware collection.
Condition: Plate is in very good condition. It has no cracks, chips, repairs, or hairlines. The plate has crazing to the glaze throughout. Additionally, the plate has 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, this plate has a minimum number of these, which are hardly noticeable. Please see photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this piece.
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