Breininger 1993 Glazed Redware Figurine Monkey With Banana on Elephant Back
Description: This is an unusual 1993 redware figurine made by the Breininger Pottery in Robesonia, PA. The figurine shows a monkey with a banana in hand laying on his stomach on the back of an elephant. The monkey which is colored in yellow with blotches of green, indicative of copper oxide, is textured with sgraffito lines to give the feel of fur. He is wearing a hat and holding a banana in one hand while resting his head on the other. The monkey is laying on his stomach on a yellow blanket spread on the back of a brown colored elephant. The brown colored elephant has black splotches indicative of manganese glazing. He is standing on all four with his trunk tucked under his mouth. A nice and very unusual redware figuring made in the studios of Lester Breininger. The piece is entirely glazed except for the base which shows the color of unglazed redware. The base shows the date and the name of the pottery. This beautiful whimsical glazed redware piece was made at the Breininger Pottery in Robesonia, Berks County Pennsylvania in 1993 (28 years ago). Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: The piece measures ~3 3/8" by ~1 1/2" at the base, it is ~4 1/2" at its highest, ~4 1/4" at its longest and ~1 3/4" at its widest. The figurine weighs alightly over 14 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; 1993" in block calligraphy on the bottom and has the notation #3 in ink also on the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice Breininger redware piece with a typical Pennsylvania Dutch look and colors made in the studios of the Master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Needless to say, Mr. Breininger has died in December 2011 and pottery made in his studios has become highly desirable.
Condition: The figurine is in very good condition with no cracks, no repairs, no chips, and no hairlines. The piece has signs of crazing to the glaze, which is difficult to see due to the coloration and the details of the piece. Be that as it may, the piece is beautiful, solid and in great condition. A solid and intact piece which would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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