1997 Glazed Redware Sgraffito Decorated Bottle or Flask Distelfink and Tulips Zieber and Muckey Breininger Pottery
Description: An beautiful dark, Moravian Style, sgraffito decorated redware flask or bottle made by the Breininger Pottery. The flask has a rounded base with straight rising flat sides in an almost rectangular profile. The bottle, which is dark brown in the Moravian Style coloring, is decorated on the front with sgraffito design depicting a distelfink and tulip in a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch imagery. The design also has green and white slip highlights all over. The bottle has a short neck with a small spout having a rolled edge or rim. A great looking piece of pottery made in the studio of Lester Breininger a master potter with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. It is glazed inside and out with the base being unglazed and signed and dated by the artists. A great piece to add to your collection of Breininger pottery. Please carefully review photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: November 24, 1997.
Origin: Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Size: This bottle measures ~3 3/4" in diameter at the base, is ~9 1/8" tall with the spout being ~1 1/4" in diameter. The bottle weighs slightly over two pounds.
Maker: Breininger Pottery.
Marks: The bottle is marked on the bottom in cursive calligraphy "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia, Pa; Nov. 24, 1997; Sunny; G Zieber; J Muckey".
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice and very unusual piece made in the studio of Lester Breininger, himself. A nice and well made piece worthy of a spot in your collection of contemporary redware.
Condition: The bottle is in very good condition. It has no cracks, no repairs, no chips, no apparent crazing (although it is difficult to ascertain because of the coloring) and no hairlines. The bottle does have a few of the usual defects you would expect with all these primitive redware pieces such as pops, slubs, unglazed areas and uneven spots. However, these are original to the making and are difficult to see but can be felt. Regardless this is a beautiful piece in good shape and worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos to appreciate its beauty and for additional condition information.
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