Description: A nice large (~12 1/2" diameter) glazed and sgraffito decorated redware round platter or charger. The charger has a flat base with flared rounded sides rising to a lightly coggled rim. The charger is decorated with a sgraffito design depicting a woman wearing a hat and a green dress riding a horse. There are also flowers and plants surrounding the design. The edge of the platter or charger is decorated with parallel lines with scalloped linear design between them. The design itself is in the reddish-brown coloring typical of redware sgraffito decoration surrounded by green sponged highlights indicative of copper oxide all on a yellow background. The charger was made in the studios of Lester Breininger on January 24, 1994. This type of decoration is very much in the Pennsylvania Dutch style common in southeastern Pennsylvania specifically in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Lancaster counties. The platter is glazed on the inside but not on the back. The unglazed back has the characteristic color of unglazed redware and is signed by the artist. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: January 24, 1994.
Origin: Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~12 1/2" in diameter on top and is ~1 7/8" high. The piece weighs almost 3 pounds and 4 ounces.
Maker: Lester Breininger. Marks: Marked "Breininger Pottery; Robesonia PA; January 24, 1994; The snow is melting" on bottom in print letters.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful charger made in the studios of a contemporary master potter with the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage with a great and very desirable Pennsylvania Dutch subject. A beautiful redware piece, which deserves a prominent spot in your redware collection.
Condition: The charger is in excellent condition. It has no cracks, chips, repairs, or hairlines. The plate has general overall light crazing to the glaze. In addition, the plate has a few of the usual defects you would expect with all these primitive redware pieces such as pops, slubs, unglazed areas and uneven spots. However, this plate has a minimum number of these, which are hardly noticeable and do not interfere with its beauty or quality. Please see photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this piece.