Terracotta Art Pottery Plate - Washington Ledesma - Kangaroos Playing Volleyball

Kangaroos Playing Volleyball 1996 Washington Ledesma Large Terracotta Art Pottery Plate

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Internationally known artist Washington Ledesma was born in Uruguay and attended Montevideo's Bauhaus-inspired School of Fine Arts there. He immigrated to the United States in the early 1970's to New York City; he now has his home and studio in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Considered one of the most important Latin American artists in the US, he is a painter and a glass artist as well as a potter. His work has been exhibited at numerous art galleries and museums--in fact, he tells a story about being included in an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014, where his fish painting hung beside three Rembrandts and he remarks, laughing, “My head was all the time, I get a complex of inferiority. My $4,000 fish and Rembrandts.” Mr. Ledesma is pictured in the last photo.

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This large terracotta art pottery dish was hand painted in strong, vibrant colors after the figures and scenes were carved into the clay using the sgraffito technique. The kangaroo family is playing volleyball with a black/orange ball and and turquoise/navy one, both aloft; the tall 'roo on the right has its paws together in the classic bump position, while baby 'roo on the upper left is wearing a diaper. This sense of humor and fantasy imagery is characteristic of Mr. Ledesma's ceramics and paintings, while the large staring eyes are also a recurrent theme. The plate is hand signed on the back, incised with "A.P." {we're unsure what these initials mean}, followed by "W. Ledesma 96 ©".

The background color of this dish is a deep green, with layered shades of golf, orange, lavender and blue on the kangaroos. The piece is not flat but dished, standing 1 1/2 inches high. It's approximately 11 3/4 inches in diameter, being not perfectly round since it's hand made, and it weighs 2 pounds 9 ounces. On the back, there are two raised loops of clay with wire threaded through the holes for hanging, but of course this looks wonderful propped on a stand (our plastic one is not included) or flat on a table. This wall plate is in excellent condition, with a few marks of white paint on the back, probably from brushing against a wall. There are no cracks, crazing or chips--it's a striking example of Washington Ledesma's art.
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>>To visit Mr. Ledesma's website, click this link below (check out his Gallery there):


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PYH 4780

Pink Cornucopia Hull Pottery Magnolia Vase

Pink Cornucopia Hull Pottery Magnolia Vase
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The Hull Pottery Company started out producing stoneware in 1905 in Crooksville, Ohio. Their art pottery, like this gorgeous cornucopia vase, was made from 1930 to 1950. The matte Magnolia line was introduced in 1946 and the glossy Magnolia (sometimes called the New Magnolia) in 1947. This vase is a glossy pale pink with a spray of blue magnolias and green vines and leaves climbing up both sides. The shape, colors and decorations are classically 1940's. The raised marks on the bottom include U.S.A. Hull Art H-10-8 1/2. The H-10 is the model number and the 8 1/2 refers to the height in inches.

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This vase is in wonderful condition. There is the fine network of crazing that is typical of this pottery but that does not affect its beauty in the least. It has an oval base that measures 6 1/2 inches long by 3 1/4 inches at the widest point and weighs over 1 3/4 pounds. It's a great decorative piece for the fan of the 1940's and Hull Art Pottery collectors alike.

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PYH 4166

Apollo 11 Nixon Pottery Vase

Ron Krogh 1971 Stoneware "Newspaper" Vase Apollo 11 Moon Walk Signed

This vase is undoubtedly one of the more unusual studio pottery pieces we've ever offered. The potter, Ron Krogh, was a ceramics instructor in Bountiful, Utah, in the late 1960's. A piece of his pottery is in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. This heavy stoneware vase is "wrapped" in pottery pages printed from the Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner dated July 21, 1969. On one side of the vase the headline is "Moon Walk," while on the other side it's "Apollo 11 Landing." Another side recounts "Nixon Flies to Splashdown Site." The rough stoneware itself is glazed on the interior in a greenish gray, while most of the exterior was left unglazed. Every inch of the surface of this vase is different and fascinating. It's signed on the bottom by the artist, who dated the piece 71 beneath his signature.

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This vase stands 10 1/4 inches tall, is approximately 5 1/2 inches by 6 inches and weighs an impressive 4 pounds, 6 ounces. There is a crack at the top; we believe this occurred during the firing. The protruding bits are all there but there seem to be a few small chips scattered about; given the rough-hewn nature of this vase it's difficult to be sure.

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Whether you call this brutalist or funky, it's definitely a distinctive work by an expert potter, a work of art to be treasured.
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PYH 4274

Geisha Girl | Occupied Japan

Geisha Tall and Lovely Marked Occupied Japan

This outstanding china statue of a geisha was made in Japan during the 1945-1952 Allied occupation. It's marked "MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN" in black print under the glaze on the bottom. While she has Asian facial features, her hairdo is a Western one typical of the 1940's-1950's, pinned up on each side by pink pom-poms or flowers. She's wearing a pearl grey kimono, decorated with black calligraphy symbols down the front, not one of which means anything in Japanese. The same thing applies to the pink decorations on her white fan, held by her hand with delicately red polished nails. Her white socks are peeking out from her hem and she's standing bowed in a subservient posture on a black base.
This is a tall geisha, standing 12 inches high and resting on a 4 inch diameter base. It's in exceptional condition and a wonderful find for collectors and decorators alike.
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PYH 3933

Wooden Memory Bowl | Charms Milagros and Mementos | Antique

 Antique Wooden Memory Bowl Covered With Charms Milagros and Mementos

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This rare example of a memory vessel is a massive primitive wooden bowl covered with over 100 fascinating mementos. The bowl was hand hewn from a solid log; it's darkened with age and still bears the rough tool marks on the inside. The exterior of the bowl has hand hammered tin and copper objects, both large and small, attached with tiny nails. Many of the items are milagros, Mexican religious amulets used to beseech favors and give thanks. Unlike memory jugs or jars, which are covered with putty or plaster and then completely encrusted with trinkets, the adornments on this vessel were carefully spaced to achieve an artful balance.

Anchored by the spectacular tin heart with a copper center, a sampling of the varied range of symbols includes: A cowboy hat, coiled snake, and a couple of scorpions; lots of crosses, large and tiny; several crowns and the Vitruvian Man; parts of the body such as an arm and a leg; an ankh and a peace symbol. Memory vessels like this began in the South as memorials for loved ones. Given the presence of the milagros, we believe this bowl was made in the southwest in the 1800's and then decorated as a memorial at a later date. Most of the memory jugs we've seen (and sold) were decorated with jewelry, coins, mirrors and other personal effects. The strong religious theme of the mementos on this bowl suggest an origin in a southwest town bordering Mexico, probably in Texas.

The bowl itself is 14 inches wide across the top and 10 inches across the bottom. It has a thick rim over 1 inch wide and tapers inside to a 4 1/2 inch diameter bottom. It stands 8 inches tall and weighs an amazing 11 1/2 pounds. The bowl has several narrow age cracks, which do not affect its sturdiness. The trinkets are all in very good condition, with only eight empty nails. Four round white foam pads were attached to the bottom at some point to protect surfaces; they could be easily removed if you wish.

Folk art pieces like this memory bowl are rare and obviously unique. It's a 3-D scrapbook, the symbolism endlessly fascinating, the vessel itself a remembrance of a time, a place and a life.

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PYH 4617

Mid-Century Modern Annemarie Davidson Enamel on Copper Dish

Annemarie Davidson Enamel on Copper Dish Signed and Labeled Mid-Century Modern Palm Trees in the Sunset

German-born Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) was an American copper enamel artist. She first took lessons in enameling in 1957 when she was busy raising her four children in Sierra Madre, California. By 2003, at the age of 83, she was still making her 6 inch plates one at a time in her studio and they were selling for $80.00 apiece, with her vintage ones selling for $280.00, according to a New York Times article that year. Also in 2003, an article entitled "Alluring Enamel" in Modernism Magazine stated that Mrs. Davidson "is responsible for some of the finest enamels in the second half of the 20th Century." Her works are in several major museums and have been featured in numerous exhibitions and catalogs, such as the directory "Craftsmen of the Southwest," published in 1965, which listed only eight enamelists, indicating the stature she had achieved. The last photo is one of Mrs. Davidson in her studio.

This dish features a scene of palm trees and sea birds set against a beautiful sunset-gold background. The back of the dish is covered in her metallic sienna and black spattered glaze. Mrs. Davidson's SoCal modernist aesthetic translated well to Hawaii, as the foil label on the front of the dish reads "ALOHA The Store Hawaiian Regent Hotel Waikiki." The first tower of the Hawaiian Regent Hotel was built in 1971 and we're assuming that Davidson produced the dish sometime in the 1970s. We left the label on for authenticity--its removal is your choice. The reverse of the dish is marked with her iconic monogram, the conjoined initials AD and her original foil label that reads "ANNEMARIE DAVIDSON handcrafted enamels SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA." There are three original round felt pads on the bottom.

The dish measures 7 1/2 inches across, which is a bit larger than usual, stands 1/2 inch high and weighs just under one pound. It's in very good condition; there are a few minute scratches to the surface upper left of the palm trees that we were unable to capture in our photos and a small nick in the enamel lower left, easily seen in photograph # 2, especially if you use the zoom feature. Otherwise, it's simply beautiful. 

Every one of Annemarie Davidson's enameled copper artworks are one of a kind. She was an extraordinarily talented artist and her pieces are treasured.

Please note that all white spots are the result of reflected light and are not present on the dish.

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PYH 4525

Vintage Oak and Copper French Ale or Wine Pitcher

French Ale or Wine Pitcher, Original LC Label Hand Made in Normandy, Oak and Copper with Marylin Monroe wine bottle

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A French 'pichet en bois' (wooden pitcher), this jug was made in the time-honored tradition of the coopers who have made barrels and casks for centuries. The steam-curved staves are made of oak harvested in France, known for the subtle, rather than astringent, flavors it imparts to wine and beer. They are bound together with hand hammered copper hoops and copper rivets. The wooden handle is sheathed in copper, as is the parrot's-beak spout. The pitcher measures 10 1/2 inches tall, 5 inches wide across the belly and weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. 

Both the oak and the copper are in very good condition, with the hand-cut copper having developed a darkened patina, as have the wood staves. There is one tiny copper rivet missing from the bottom hoop; the pitcher overall is attractively aged. We recommend that it be used for display rather than to hold beverages, since we don't know what has been stored in it (it does smell faintly inside of red wine, however). Read more

Vintage Charming Black and White China Muffineer

Staffordshire Charming Black and White China Muffineer Sugar Caster Circa 1950

This charming black and white china figure is a muffineer, made in Staffordshire, England around 1950. It's a great example of post-war modern design. A muffineer, also known as a sugar caster or sugar sifter, is used as a shaker to sprinkle sugar, spices, etc. on food, originally on muffins, hence its name. This large fellow with his wide grin reminiscent of today's "happy face," his bowler hat and his black suit is perched on a wall like Humpty Dumpty. 

The top of his hat has seven large shaker holes while the boxy bottom holds the sugar or spice. It's filled from the very bottom, through a hole that retains its rubbery stopper and is marked with the words "Staffordshire England" printed in brown. There is some fine crazing to the glaze, but otherwise this muffineer is in excellent condition. It's 8 1/2 inches tall, has a rectangular base that is about 2 inches by 3 inches and it weighs 14 ounces. Figural sugar shakers are difficult to find, especially when they're in this condition--they were, after all, used at table. When this bloke is on your table, your tea and crumpets will always leave a smile on your face. 
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PYH 4434

National Uncommon Yellow Ware Bowl

National Uncommon Yellow Ware Bowl
We don't find marked yellow ware bowls all that often and certainly not ones by National Pottery, one of the companies located on Potters Alley in Roseville, Ohio in the early 20th century. They made utilitarian pottery like bowls, cookware and flower pots for about 20 years. We found National Pottery listed in Chilton's Hotel Supply Index published in 1922; in a Popular Science Magazine classified ad published in 1923 and The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers in 1922. By 1925 they were operating two potteries, one down the street from the other, but a major fire in 1938 brought an end to the operations.
The mark on this bowl, "NATIONAL," is impressed on the bottom inside the foot ring. It has three outer chocolate brown bands and is made of thick, buttery yellow clay with a lovely glossy glaze. Measurements are 7 1/2 inches across the top, tapering to a 3 3/4 inch diameter base, about 3 inches in height and a weight of 1 1/2 pounds. Other than the usual glaze pops, pinholes and stilt marks typical of these homespun wares, this piece has underglaze discolorations around the rim both inside and out. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. (The "dent" you see on the rim is in the clay itself, made during the potting; it's not a chip). We recommend that the bowl not be used with wet ingredients, but placed on a shelf for vintage decor or used to hold dry stuffs like fruit or nuts. It's an exciting find for the serious collector of yellow ware or American pottery.
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PYH 4314

Blue and White Japanese Porcelain Bowls

Blue and White Japanese Porcelain Bowls


This pair of pretty porcelain bowls are different in size and decorations, but are from the same kiln in Japan, probably from Arita in the Saga Prefecture. The two blue characters on the bottom are identical on each bowl, but as yet unidentified.

Japanese Blue Floral Bowls

Both bowls are pure white porcelain, with blue  and white floral and geometric designs. The larger  of the two bowls measures 6 inches across, about  2 3/4 inches high and has splashes of pink on the flowers in the inner center. It also has a raised  diaper pattern on the outside, along with two blue  lines encircling the foot rim. The smaller of the  two measures 4 inches across, 2 inches high and  has clusters of green dots on the interior flowers.  The outside of the bowl is plain white and has 8   panels. 

Japanese Blue Floral Bowls-mark view

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These bowls are in excellent condition and are useful both for ornament and serving.

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 PYH 4100