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Wonderful pottery dish by the very talented and iconic studio potters Edwin and Mary Scheier.
If you're not familiar with the Scheiers, check out their bios on Wikipedia and elsewhere. They produced some of the most important 20th Century studio pottery.
This dish is beautifully thrown and glazed. The dish (or bowl) has a broad rim which is then undercut, which accentuates the incised design. The rim has a lovely glaze treatment with grey/blue and green, lined by the varied brown glaze of the outside which forms an outside rim line, and the dark brown glaze of the interior which forms an inside line.
The highlight of the dish is the incised figural design. I see a man, woman, serpent and fish, but you may see it differently. The Scheier's designs have been compared to Picasso and Paul Klee.
Excellent condition. Other than a couple of tiny bits of clay in the glaze in the interior (these are "in the making," and would not be considered damage), this piece is essentially in mint condition.
6 1/2" diameter by 1 1/8" high.
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Scheier Pottery Dish with Figural Designs
Early American antiques, Folk Art, early Pottery and Porcelain
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