1988 Foltz Glazed and Sponge Decorated Redware Santa Clause Carrying Christmas Tree And Gift Basket on His Back
Description: A nice size and great looking figurine in the shape of Santa Clause or father Christmas carrying a Christmas Tree in his left hand and carrying a basket on his right shoulder with a staff in his right hand. The figurine has brown colored glaze decorated with yellow sponged highlights for Santa's beard and the bottom of his coat. The piece is also colored in dark green coloring for the Christmas tree. The cast figurine has nice and well defined . The figurine shows a bearded Santa in a long robe with a basket on his shoulder (the basket shows weaving and has toys and a small puppy in it - nice). He has a hood and his robe has yellow sponged highlights at the edges. The basket is loaded with toys. He is also carrying toys on the diagonal strap in the front, which appears to be holding a small basket with fruit on his side. The tree is also highlighted with green/black coloring. A very nicely done piece. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Reinholds, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,
Size: Measures ~9 3/4" in height and the base is 4 1/4" by 3/8". The piece weighs about 1 pound and 8 ounces.
Maker: C. Ned Foltz.
Marks: "c. n. Foltz; Pa 1988" with a cross to the right of the writing all on the inside near the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very well made piece by Ned Foltz with absolutely great and a very nice shiny glaze. Mr. Foltz is a highly collectible master potter and the piece is made in the best tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch pottery. Definitely a nice piece deserving a prominent spot in any redware collection. Condition: In excellent condition with no cracks, hairlines, chips, or repairs. The piece shows signs of onset of crazing to the glaze, but these are difficult to see and do not distract from the beauty and quality of the piece. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty of this nice piece and for additional condition information.