1985 Breininger Glazed Redware Flowerpot and Saucer Tulip Sgraffito Decoration
Description: A very nice glazed piece of redware by Lester Breininger. This is a chalice shaped flowerpot with its original saucer. The flower pot and saucer are glazed in a yellow background color, with green splotches indicative of copper oxide, and is decorated with a sgraffito design depicting a tulip on one side pf the pot and the letters "PA" within a fern branch on the other. The pot is shaped like a chalice and has a double ruffled pattern at the top rim. It has a hole in the base to drain the water. The inside is not glazed neither is the bottom. The saucer has the same double ruffled edge and coloring as the pot. The saucer is also not glazed on the bottom. Both pieces are marked and have, what we believe are, the same dates but in different calligraphy suggesting the pair did not start life together but they look good together. Please view photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County Pennsylvania.
Size: The flower pot ~4" diameter at the base, ~6" diameter at the top, and is ~6 1/4" high. The saucer is ~5 3/4" in diameter and is ~1 1/4" high. The set weighs about 2 pounds and 10 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: The pot itself is marked "Breininger Pottery Pa; 1985" (note the date is not very clear but we belive it is 1985) in cursive calligraphy on the bottom while the saucer is marked "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia Pa; 1985" in print calligraphy on the bottom.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice set with a very nice design and color. A beautiful set of nice color and design, which seldom comes by. Sure, to become a valuable collector item as time goes by. Made by an accomplished contemporary master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Definitely deserves a prominent spot in your redware collection.
Condition: The pot and saucer are in great condition with no cracks, repairs, chips, or hairlines. Both pieces have signs of general crazing to the glaze. This set was never used for the intended purpose and hence it is clean and with some minor dust soiling. However, this is minimal and really does not interfere with the quality and beauty of the piece. Both pieces are marked and have, what we believe are, the same dates but in different calligraphy suggesting the pair did not start life together but they look good together. A beautiful set that would display nicely in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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