1988 Glazed Oval Redware Sgraffito Decorated Round Jar Yellow with Distelfink and Tulips by Lester Breininger
Description: A nice size and well decorated redware round open jar by The Breininger Pottery. This round shaped jar has a flat round base with rounded flared sides rising to a shoulder then to a short neck ending in a rolled rim. The jar is glazed both inside and out but not on the base. The exterior of the jar is decorated with sgraffito design depicting a distelfink bird in the midst of tulip flowers. A typical Pennsylvania Dutch design very common among the Pennsylvania German population of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The inside is glazed and has a brown coloring, while the bottom of the base is not glazed and display the typical coloring of unglazed redware pottery. The bottom of the base indication about the maker and the date it was made. A nicely decorated redware jar with beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch design made in the Studios of an accomplished mater potter with the right heritage. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size and Weight: The jar measures ~3 1/2" in diameter at the base, ~3 1/2" diameter at the top, and is ~5 5/8" high. The piece weighs about one pound and four ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia PA; 1988" in block lettering on the bottom.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice piece having a nice and very common Pennsylvania Dutch design and 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: The jar is in excellent condition with no breaks, no repairs, no cracks, no hairlines, and no chips. Careful examination of the plate with a 10X loop did not reveal any crazing to the glaze, which is rather unusual for such a piece of folk pottery. The only thing we see is a spot on the edge of the rim where the colors did not flow fully and looks like a chip. This is not a chip, but rather an artifact of the production process as evidenced by the fact that the redware coloring at that spot is under glaze or has been glazed over which is the last step in the process. This does not compromise the integrity of the jar, its quality, or beauty. This is a beautiful jar in great condition and would display very well, which would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.