1981 Breininger Redware Sgraffito Plate Bird Tulips Heart Start Day With a Smile
Description: This is a nice and early glazed and sgraffito decorated redware plate. The plate, which we believe was made by Lester Breininger himself, has a flat base with flared rounded sides rising to a lightly coggeled edge. The plate is decorated with a sgraffito design depicting s bird, several tulips and a heart. The heart has the words "Start each day with a SMILE!" in it. The plate has a yellow colored ground with the sgraffito design showing brown colors. The plate also has green highlight indicative of copper oxide. The plate is glazed with unglazed back having the characteristic color of unglazed redware. The back signed and dated by Lester Breininger himself. This is an early plate made by Lester Breininger himself. This type of decoration is very much in the Pennsylvania Dutch style common in southeastern Pennsylvania specifically in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Lancaster counties. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: July 1, 1981.
Origin: Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~9 3/4" in diameter on top and is ~1 3/4" high. The piece weighs slightly over one pound and 10 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked on the back "TM; L+L BREININGER; ROBESONIA; 19 PA (within a Keystone) 81 JULY 1; THE FIRST DAY OF; JULY(?) HALF OF THE; YEAR IS OVER."" in block letters. See last photo for additional details.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful early plate made by Lester Breininger the master himself. A beautiful redware piece, which deserves a prominent spot in your redware collection.
Condition: Plate is in excellent condition. It has no cracks, chips, repairs, or hairlines. Careful examination of the surface of the plate did not reveal any signs of crazing to the glaze. The back has a couple of spots of dried out, which truly are a non-issue and mentioned here for completeness. 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. Just a great early plate made by the master himself to add to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this piece.
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