2001 Glazed Redware Penny Bank Colorful Rooster Standing by Lester Breininger
Description: This is a 2001 very unusual redware penny bank glazed with a dark brown, yellow, and black colors with green sponged highlights. The piece is in the shape of a rooster or chicken standing. The rooster is rather large and heavy measuring ~9 1/2" long and weighs over 2 pounds 5 ounces. The piece has a round flat base and yellow colored tail and wings. It also has a brown comb, brown wattle, and brown beak. It has sgraffito details for the feather on the wings and the tail as well around the neck. The bank has a coin slot on to or the back of the rooster. This beautiful glazed redware bank was made in the studios of Lester Breininger. Please see photo to appreciate the beautiful design and colors. The bottom of the bank 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 bank is ~9 1/2" long, is ~3 1/4" at its widest, and is ~6 5/8" at its highest with the base being ~3" in diameter. The piece weighs ~2 pounds and 5 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; PA; Aug 2001" in cursive calligraphy on the bottom.
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 bank is in very good condition with no cracks, no repairs, no chips, or hairlines. The piece has signs of onset of glaze crazing in the form of occasional lines here and there within the glaze. 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. 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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