Rare 1938 Cobalt Blue Colored Glazed Redware Small Flower Pot By Isaac Stahl Powder Valley, Pennsylvania
Description: A most beautiful in form and colors small redware flower pot. This glazed flower pot has a beautiful and rather uncommon cobalt blue coloring and an attached dish for the base. The bottom of the piece, the under-plate, is flat and round and flared outwards ending into a rim with repeating bumps along the edge. The pot itself has a round base emanating from the center of the under-plate and flared outwards in a slightly curved fashion and ending at the ruffled rim. Just a great form. The entire piece is glazed inside an out except for the center of the bottom of the under-plate, which has the date and the potter's mark. The base of the pot is unglazed and shows the typical color of unglazed redware. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Powder Valley, Southeastern Pennsylvania
Size: The piece is ~2 1/4" in diameter at the base, ~4 1/4" diameter at the top, and is ~2 5/8" high. This is a substantial piece weighing 10 ounces.
Maker: Isaac Stahl.
Marks: Marked in block letters on the base in a circular fashion with the date 1938 in the center. It has an undecipherable word followed by the words "By I Stahl" in the circle.
Provenance: This piece was part of potter Ned Foltz and his wife Gwen's collection of Americana and pottery. Mr. Foltz included a small card with the piece which we will include as part of the sale. This was item 21 at the auction which took place in Reinholds, PA on April 18, 2015.
Condition: The flower pot is in relatively good condition given it age. It has no breaks, cracks, hairlines, or repairs. The glaze has a general crazing that is difficult to see due to the color of the piece. It also has chips and flakes to the glaze all along the edge of the top ruffled rim and to a much lesser extent to the edge of the under-plate (see the last two photos). These however, truly do not distract from the beauty and quality of the piece. The piece also has some of the manufacturing defects you would expect in a primitive piece of redware of this vintage such as pops, slubs, areas where the glaze did not fully flow, and unglazed spots. This piece has very few such issues. Finally, the piece has residue of glue from stickers which were removed from the base (see seventh and eighth photos). Other than that the piece is great looking and would display very well in your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information.