1988 Glazed Redware Large Figurine Poodle Dog Standing with Stick in Mouth by Lester Breininger
Description: This is a large and beautiful 1988 very well done redware brown glazed figurine of a poodle dog sitting on his hind legs with his fore legs fully stretched and looking forward with a stick in his mouth. The dog has sgraffito decoration throughout suggesting his fur. The dog is standing on a brown colored and glazed flat base with a decorated edge. The figurine shows the poodle being properly groomed with the shaved portions having a green hue suggesting bare skin. Again, the dog has sgraffito lines outlining the his fur, hair, eyes, and mouth with nostrils above it at the end of its head. This beautiful glazed redware figurine was made in the studios of Lester Breininger a master potter with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. It is a substantial piece weighing one pound and almost 13 ounces and measuring ~6 3/4" in height. Very well done and interesting piece of Pennsylvania Dutch style redware. The bottom of the figurine is marked as to the maker and the date the piece was made. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County - Pennsylvania.
Size: The figurine is ~6 3/4" high with the base measuring ~4 5/8" by ~4 1/4". The piece weighs about one pound and 13 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Pa; Breininger Pottery; Feb 1988" in cursive calligraphy on the bottom of the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice Breininger piece with a typical Pennsylvania Dutch shape, look, and colors made in the studios of a Master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Needless to say Mr. Breininger has passed away in December 2011 and his pottery has become highly desirable.
Condition: The figurine is in very good condition with no cracks, no repairs, or hairlines. The piece has general crazing to the glaze throughout the surface of the piece. The piece also has a small flake to the surface on the back of one of the legs which we show in the last photo. The piece also has some of the normal defects you would expect in a piece of primitive pottery of this type such as spots where the glaze did not fully flow, pops, slubs, and surface roughness. This particular piece has a minimum of these issues, but has some. Be that as it may, the piece is solid and intact and would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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