2004 Breininger Sgraffito Lamb & Tulips Decorated Octagonal Redware ABC Plate
Description: A nice glazed and sgraffito decorated large redware octagonal plate. The plate has a flat base with flared straight sides rising to a plain edge. The plate is yellow in color and is decorated with sgraffito design in the center depicting a lamb surrounded by tulips and flowers. The lamb is laying down and is surrounded by sponged green highlights. The edge of the plate has the alphabet listed from A to Z in capital letters. A beautiful and very unusual but still reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. The plate was made in the studios of Lester Breininger on March 11, 2004. This type of decoration is very much in the Pennsylvania Dutch style common in southeastern Pennsylvania specifically in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Lancaster counties. The plate is glazed on the inside but not on the back. The unglazed back has the characteristic color of unglazed redware and is signed by the artist. Please carefully view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: March 11, 2004.
Origin: Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~11 1/4" in diameter and is ~1 3/8" high. The piece weighs about 2 1/2 pounds.
Maker: Lester Breininger.
Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia Pa; March 11, 2004; Chilly & Clear" on bottom in print calligraphy.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful unusual plate made in the studios of the master potter Lester Breininger. A beautiful redware piece, which deserves a prominent spot in your redware collection.
Condition: Plate is in excellent condition. It has no cracks, chips, repairs, or hairlines. A careful examination of the plate with a 10X loop did not reveal the presence of any signs of crazing to the glaze, which is unusual for such pieces of pottery. The plate has 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, this plate has a minimum number of these, which are hardly noticeable and do not interfere with its beauty or quality. Please see photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this piece.
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