Mid-century art piece signed, Marc Bellaire, California Pottery pin tray / ashtray with a primitive depiction of a brown horse. The horse is frolicking in the grass as seen in the wind-blown appearance of his tail and the in-flight look of his legs. This is a hand-crafted pottery piece with sponge decorating technique forming the grassland and the clouds of dust he has kicked up in the air. Definitely the primitive style Marc Bellaire is best known for. There are 4 feet self-formed feet from the clay of the piece. I have photographed the fine signature, Bellaire on the front and the extensive signature in the back; Bellaire California accompanied by letters I cannot totally make out: BC?L. There are 2 minor flakes under the edge on each end of the piece that do not detract from its frontal appearance. This piece is well documented in the Collector's Encyclopedia of California Pottery, Second Edition by Jack Chipman on page 40.
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