1985 Redware Glazed Sgraffito Decorated Round 7" Plate Conrad Weiser Homestead Womelsdorf By Lester Breininger
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 coggled rim. The plate is decorated with a sgraffito design consisting of house or cabin in the middle of a field with clouds and flying birds above. The house has two chimneys and its door appears to be open. The field in which the house stands has green coloring while the rest of the plate is yellow. The back of the plate indicates that the house is the Conrad Weiser Homestead located in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. The plate was made in the studios of Lester Breininger on January 7, 1985. 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 7, 1982.
Origin: Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~7" in diameter on top and is ~1 1/4" high. The piece weighs slightly over 10 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia Pa; January 7, 1982; The Conrad Weiser Homestead. Womelsdorf Pa" on bottom in print letters.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful small pie plate made in the studios of a contemporary master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage documenting a historical homestead. A beautiful redware piece, which deserves a prominent spot in your redware collection.
Condition: Plate is in very good condition, given it is over 36 years old. It has no cracks, chips, repairs, or hairlines. The plate has general overall crazing to the glaze. In addition, 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 and do not interfere with its beauty or quality. Please see photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this piece.
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