1986 Glazed Small Redware Sgraffito Decorated Pie Plate H. Zeller House by Lester Breininger
Description: A small (~7" diameter) redware pie plate by The Breininger Pottery. The plate has round flat base with slightly rounded flared sides. The sides terminate at a slightly coggled rim. The exterior of the plate as well as the bottom are not glazed and display the typical coloring of unglazed redware pottery. The inside is glazed with a yellow colored background and sgraffito design showing a building surrounded by trees and a fence. The trees have green splotched highlights (indicative of copper oxide). There also clouds above the house and many windows in the house. A beautiful design representing a nice historical building known as Heinrich Zeller House. The design has typical Pennsylvania Dutch colors with typical coloring. This is a beautiful folk art plate made in the studios of a master potter with the right heritage. The back of the plate is marked as to the maker and the date the piece was made. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: According to Wikipedia Heinrich Zeller House, also known as Fort Zeller, is a historic home located in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1743, and is a 1 1/2-story, stuccoed limestone residence with a high gable roof. It is built into a bank over an ever-flowing spring that flows under an arch under the basement entrance. It has an Alsatian / Swiss appearance.
Date: August 29, 1986.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: The plate is ~7" diameter and is ~1" high. The piece weighs a bit over 10 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia Pa; August 29, 1986; H. Zeller House: 1745" in block lettering on the bottom.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice piece celebrating a historical building located in Lebanon County Pennsylvania having typical Pennsylvania Dutch colors made in the studio of a master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Needless to say Mr. Breininger has passed away in December 2011 and pottery made in his studio has become highly desirable.
Condition: Plate is in excellent condition with no cracks, no hairlines, no repairs, no chips, and no crazing to the glaze. A beautiful plate in great condition, which would make a great addition to your collection. Please note, there is a white circular label on the back of the plate, which we chose not to remove and leave that to the discretion of the new owner. Please see photos for additional condition information.