One of the most striking features of this Kaye of Hollywood ceramic lady planter is the applied porcelain lace scarf that covers her brunette hair, drapes across her bodice, then trails down her back. She wears a full-skirted dress with a blue bodice. Matching blue flowers with brownish-black accents, characteristic of Kaye of Hollywood's California Pottery designs, dot the swirling pink skirt. The toe of her shoe peeks out among her yellow petticoats that in turn, match her large flower baskets.
Kaye has beautifully captured the movement of this lovely lady as she carries her double baskets of flowers that you provide. This unusual vase measures 10-1/2 inches tall, 9 inches across her flared skirt, six inches front to back at the base. The two flower baskets are 3 inches in diameter, and are open through the middle and to the bottom making one large vase.
Hand signed "301 3136 Kaye" with an additional hand painted mark like a reverse 2 on the bottom, this piece was made by Katherine Schuefftan, known as Kay McHugh, who marketed under "Kaye Figurines" and "Kaye of Hollywood," during the early 1940s. A former associate of the famous Hedi Schoop, Kaye was involved in a dramatic litigation when Miss Schoop sued the talented Kaye for copying her designs.
Some places on the edges of the delicate lace mantilla are torn away, but it is difficult to know if this is truly damaged or done by design. There is one definite chip in the lace on the top where the glaze is gone, and there are a couple of glaze chips along the hem of her skirt. As with most California Pottery of this era, there is heavy crazing, but only slight discoloration on the front of one of her baskets. A wonderfully unique piece for your collection, the condition is reflected in the price.
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