2004 Redware Lead Glazed Slip Decorated Bank Chicken Finial By Greg Shooner
Description: A beautiful lead glazed redware bank having a chicken finial on top. This round bank is slip decorated over a dark or orangish-yellow background with the date 1832 and having orange and dark brown colored motif throughout. The chicken sitting on top of the bank has the same color scheme and shows an orange wattle, comb, wings and feathers in the tail. The bank has the coin opening near the top of the round bank. The bank has a flat base and is signed and dated by Greg Shooner. As is the case with all of the Shooner property this is a reproduction of 1832 redware bank with all the characteristic an antique would display such a crazing and glazes losses and soiling in crevasses. However, this bank does not show many chips as Shooner Pottery pieces usually do. It shows some minor surface shallow chips or losses along the edge of the coin opening only to give the impression of coins being introduced through it. The type of decoration on the bank represents what we would call very classic Pennsylvania Dutch colors and design. Again, this bank is a reproduction of 1832 redware toy bank from southeastern Pennsylvania and as such it has been antiqued with crazing to the glaze and glaze losses. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Ohio, USA.
Size: Measures ~2 1/8" in diameter at the base, is ~3 3/4" high to the top of the chicken, and is ~3 1/4" in diameter at its widest. The piece weighs about 6 ounces.
Maker: Greg Shooner.
Marks: Signed "Greg Shooner 2004" in cursive calligraphy in cursive calligraphy incised on the bottom of the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice and well-made reproduction bank having a nice shape and nice classic coloring. The bank would make a nice addition to your collection of contemporary reproduction redware, banks or art pottery collection.
Condition: The bank is in very good condition and is nicely antiqued. The piece has no unintentional chips, cracks, repairs or hairlines. The bank does have intentional fake looking discoloration, glaze crazing, some glaze losses, some small surface and glaze chips, and loss of color especially along the coin opening. It has several spots of intentional glaze loss, all of which can be seen in the photos. Of course, all of these are intentional to give the bank the required look of the reproduced piece from 1800s. Please see the photos for additional condition information and to appreciate its beauty.
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