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Brad Keeler California Pottery 3-Piece "Deer Family" Figurine Set
Brad Keeler was born in 1913 in Lincoln, California where his father was a ceramic engineer for the Gladding-McBean Company. After studying art at USC, Keeler, in 1939, opened his own Glendale Studio where he created naturalistic bird and animal figures. These were air-brushed decorated with hand-painted details. In 1952 he suffered a fatal heart attach; the company closed in 1953.
This is a fantastic family grouping of two adult deer and their young fawn. The life-like features are further enhanced by the professional coloring; the soft, shaded, light brown coat, white ears and tail outlined and highlighted with charcoal gray, black feet, nose and bright eyes always alert for the slightest sense of danger. The young fawn still has his white spotted baby coat. The adult with head erect measures 8 1/2" in height and 6 1/2" in length. It has an impressed "K" under one foot. The other adult measures 6 3/4" in height and 7 3/4" in length. It has no marking. The fawn, lying down, measures 3" in height and 4" in length. It is stamped "Brad Keeler 880". The adults may or may not have had paper labels which were often removed and discarded. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; light overall crazing. You will find no better set on he market.
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