This unusual California Pottery dinosaur handle gourd cup was made by Sasha Katchamakoff of Los Angeles. The semi-gloss glaze is a peachy pink with a satiny finish. The handle of the cup takes the curved shape of a long-necked dinosaur resting so that the top of his head forms a sort of stand to balance the cup. The dinosaur has a friendly face and a collar around his neck. If not for the animal head, the overall shape is that of a crook-necked gourd.
Sasha Studios operated in Los Angeles, California. Sasha Katchamakoff was a Bulgarian immigrant who applied for the patent on this cup in the fall of 1935. The patent, number 99759, was granted in 1936. These cups appear to have been in production for a very limited time.
This whimsical pottery cup is 6-1/2 inches long (including the handle,) by 4-1/4 inches wide. The cup portion is about 2-3/4 inches deep, and the opening is 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/4 inches.
The embossed mark reads "Pat. 99759 Sasha."
There is discolored crazing inside the bowl of the cup and normal wear on the bottom where it rests on the shelf. The peach colored glaze has places that are lighter than others, typical of this type of pottery.
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