This large bowl is modeled after redware milk pans and bowls of the last 250 years and has two birds facing each other while perched on a flowering bush. In the United States, Pennsylvania Dutch potters (German immigrants) applied these same motifs and Sgraffito techniques to their redwares dishes, chargers and pie plates. The bowl listed here is over 12 inches across and its decoration is produced by using colored slips and also scratching (incising) through the yellowish-white colored clay slip to expose the underlying contrasting orange-red clay. The colored clay slips include an opaque orange, an opaque deep chocolate brown, a semi translucent copper green glaze and an overall wash of light yellowish-tan through which designs are scratched to create outlines for the birds and bush and flowers. It has a flat base and a nicely hand formed everted rim. The bowl is made of common earthenware clay and its back side has been pierced twice so that one can loop wire (string is looped through it now) through the holes to hang the dish on a wall or over a mantle, shelf or window.
The birds and flowering bush motif is a very old motif going back hundreds of years in both Europe and colonial America. The particular motif rendered on the dish listed here can be interpreted several ways. Traditionally, several species of birds were used to signify a happy and peaceful home and hearth. In Pennsylvania, local German-American potters produced hundreds of large redware plates, pie dishes and shallow bowls in the late 1700s and 1800s with birds and tulips to signify happiness, peace, tranquility and love. Some of the most decorative of these redware dishes were made by local potters for presentation pieces at weddings, anniversaries and special occasions (see Edwin Atlee Barber's "Tulip Ware of the Pennsylvanian-German Potters" republished 1970 from a 1926 edition; also his discussion of presentation wares).
A few of these antique American dishes have dates and names of the newly betrothed couples. The birds often represent a species of monogamous lovebirds, like turtledoves. For example, a sgraffito pie dish made and signed by potter Samuel Troxel (Montgomery County, Penn.) in May, 1826 has a very similar pattern to the 20th century dish for sale here with two turtledoves perched opposite each other on a flowering bush (see last photo). The two large green leaves at the bottom of the center design on the bowl for sale here are actually the outstretched wings of an American eagle on the Troxel 1826 dish (again, see photo of drawing of 1826 Troxel dish). Of further interest, the green curling dashes and feathers in the outer band on the bowl for sale here might also be viewed by a ceramic historian as evolving from the older written legends that typically encircled the center motif. I will gladly include a copy of the page from Barber's book that has the Troxel dish.
The bowl for sale here is not from Pennsylvania and is not 175 years old (those dishes are worth $1,500 to $8,000+ each). The dish offered here is eastern European. It is impressed with the name of pottery, and from my research this appears to be Hungary. It is well made and while between 10 and 30 years old, in perfect and spotless condition. It would make a nice wedding gift today or could be used as an added decorative element to capture attention in most any setting. And so if you are looking for a wonderful example of traditional folk pottery that has deep roots in both American and European culture, then this is just the bowl for you. Finally, this bowl also comes with my full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy as explained below if you are not completely delighted.
SIZE: This bowl measures 12 1/8 inches across (rim diameter) and stands about 2 1/4 inches tall along the outer lip. It rests on a flat base that has a diameter of 7 1/2 inch across. The base is pieced so that the bowl can be easily and securely hung along a wall or over a door or window.
CONDITION: This bowl is in excellent condition with absolutely NO chips, NO hairlines, NO cracks, NO major scratches, NO major production flaws and NO repairs or restorations. A better hand thrown pottery bowl with slipped painted and sgraffito decoration would be hard to find without paying another $50 more than what is asked here.
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