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Internationally Renowned Potter Clary Illian Vintage Stoneware Bowl

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$249.00

This large yet graceful, beautifully glazed stoneware bowl was made by Clary Illian of Ely, Iowa. Producing ceramics since the early 1960’s, she is now 50 years into her career and is internationally known. Ms. Illian apprenticed under Bernard Leach at the famed Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall from 1964 through 1965. Seventeen of her ceramic pieces are in the David and Louise Rosenfield Collection. which includes at present count 2681 contemporary ceramics by 562 artists. Her pieces are also in the collection of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, where she was a ‘Visiting Artists and Workshop Instructor’ in the 1970’s, along with luminaries such as Peter Voulkos, and was also an ‘Artist in Residence’ there in 1981. We’ve included a photograph of Ms. Illian at work, along with a picture of the cover of her book, “A Potter’s Workbook.”

This expertly hand made piece is simple in form, with a wide, flattened dry rim and a lovely curve to the body that exhibits Ms. Illian’s finger marks inside and out. This master potter, however, has embellished that simple form with a row of tiny rectangular notches on the inner and outer rims and then applied a gorgeous chocolate brown glaze. It’s variegated and dripped, ending in small pools here and there at the outer base. On the interior bottom the glaze forms a whirlpool and the bowl is finished with a high gloss clear top glaze. Ms. Illian’s distinctive maker’s mark is impressed near the rim, shown close up in our photograph # 4.

The bowl is 14 inches across the top, tapering to an unglazed bottom 8 1/2 inches across. It stands 4 3/4 inches high and weighs a whopping 7 3/4 pounds. The bowl is in outstanding condition, with no chips, cracks or crazing. It’s a handsome piece of 20th century stoneware by a famed artisan.

Shipping Note: Due its weight and size, we will definitely ship this bowl Parcel Select Ground Insured (read: cheaper and slow) unless you choose otherwise at checkout.

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PYH 4585

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Alfred Meakin Tea Leaf Ironstone Antique Pitcher Bamboo Body Pre-1897

This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976)

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This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976) in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, in the 1880s. Pure white with a copper lustre traditional tea leaf centered on the front and back, the body style is called “Bamboo” and the hand painted trim is copper lustre as well. The printed black mark on the bottom includes the words “Royal Ironstone China” and “Alfred Meakin England.” In the center is a logo that mimics that of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, complete with the quote “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (from the French “Shame be to him who thinks evil of it”), the motto of the British Order of the Garter. The mark does not include “Ltd.” (Limited) in the firm’s name, which dates it to pre-1897, when that designation was added.

This pitcher is in excellent condition, with extremely fine crazing to the glaze and minor flaking to the lustre but no damage or staining–it’s glossy and immaculate. It measures 7 1/4 inches tall to the tops of both the handles and the spout, 6 3/4 inches across from spout to handle and 3 1/2 inches front to back. It weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. A lovely, barely used addition to a collection, it’s also usable for serving.

 

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PYH 4317

Qing Dynasty Antique Wedding Basket

Antique Chinese Wedding Basket Rattan and Bamboo Qing Dynasty

Overview

  • Antique item from the 1800s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Ships Free in the USA
  • 20 1/2 inches tall
  • 16 inches across

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This handsome basket exhibits the exceptional workmanship and detailing that was given to both useful and ornamental objects by Chinese craftsmen. Baskets like these are commonly called wedding baskets but they are actually betrothal baskets. The two lidded compartments, finely woven of rattan, were used to transport gifts such as tea sets, linens, incense, candles and snacks and beverages.

The frame is dark reddish brown bamboo, the two sides beautifully carved with auspicious symbols and fastened with brass circlets. They form “feet” at the bottom and a stationary handle at the top, which can be used to carry the basket when it is filled and quite heavy. The wooden handle is surmounted by a heavy hand-wrought brass carrying handle set on an ornamental back plate pierced with symbols. The rattan portion of the topmost lid was woven in two colors to form a shòu character, symbol of longevity, wishing long life to the betrothed couple. There are also two small feet that support the basket, which is 20 1/2 inches tall to the top of the bamboo handle and about 16 inches across including the side supports. The basket weighs a sturdy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This example has seen use and shows obvious age, having been made in the latter part of the 1800’s in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The rattan basketry is rubbed along the sides from carrying, so there are areas that are lighter in color. The brass has developed a darkened patina and there is minor chipping along the bottom edges and on the feet. As is common with Chinese lidded baskets, the most wear is to the rim of the lid, where there is some loss of the bamboo edge (pictured). Overall, the basket is in very good condition. It displays beautifully and is large enough to be used as a side table, as well as a fabulous wedding gift.

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PYH 4379

Bavarian China Chocolate Set by Neukirchner

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Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Price $199.00 USD
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Ships worldwide from United States

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This spectacular chocolate set was made in Waldershof, Bavaria by the Franz Neukirchner Porcelain Works. The set consists of the tall pot with lid, sugar bowl with lid and cream pitcher. Also included is a small cup and saucer for the cocoa; the set can also be used to serve demitasse and espresso-based drinks. The creamy white bodies are decorated with a color they called “Swedish Red” and have hand applied raised flowers of genuine gold, which also trims the rims, curvaceous handles and lid knops. All of the pieces of this set are pristine; in fact, the demitasse cup still retains the original foil label placed on it at the factory (shown in one of our photos), which reads “Echt Gold” with a capital N (for Neukirchner, of course) between the words. “Echt,” which is sometimes mistakenly assumed to be a maker’s name, simply means “real” in German.

The chocolate pot stands 10 1/2 inches tall with its lid, measures 10 inches across from spout to handle and holds about 48 ounces (1 1/2 quarts). The sugar bowl is 4 1/4 inches tall with its lid; the creamer measures 6 inches in height and holds 6 ounces (3/4 cup). The petite saucer is 4 1/2 inches in diameter; the cup is 2 1/2 inches tall and holds 2 ounces. There are no cracks, chips, hairlines and virtually no wear to the decorations; there are a few brown spots in the bottom of the pot in the crevice, but that’s it. This set was deservedly cherished and cared for.

A bit of history on Neukirchner Porzellan: We found a listing for the company in a 1906 Directory of the German Ceramic Industry that indicated the company was in existence since 1890 and that one of its specialties was chocolate sets (“Mokkaservice” in German). Also mentioned was that they were highly successful with heavily gilded china. The mark of the crowned N on the bottom of the pieces was one of four they used that we could locate and was used from 1916 until the demise of the company in 1977.

This exquisite Bavarian china chocolate set is one that will be the star in any setting.

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PYH 4377

Felipe Andrew Mata Ortiz Blackware Pot

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Item Name
Felipe Andrew Blackware Pot
Price
$135.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Pottery -HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4244
Description

This exquisitely formed burnished blackware pot was created and signed by Mata Ortiz, Mexico potter Felipe Andrew. He decorated the pot with geometric designs in the traditional colors of red and green. The pot is 5 inches tall, 5 inches at its widest and stands on a small flat base 1 inch in diameter, with a neck opening the same. Señor Andrew’s name is etched on the bottom and it is in pristine condition.

Mata Ortiz is a small village in northern Mexico, very rural but home to extremely skilled potters who produce their wares without benefit of a potter’s wheel or kiln. The clay comes from the nearby hills and the pigments from plants and minerals. The works from this village appear in high-end galleries and many museums; the quality and artistry of this piece makes it a star in any collection. More Details 

 

Antique Black Basalt Cream Jug Griffin Handle Circa 1860

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Item Name
Caledonian Pottery Pitcher
Price
SOLD – $60.00 USD
Condition
Antique
Category
Home Decor – Black Pitcher
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4207
Description

This black basalt cream jug or pitcher was made by the Caledonian Pottery, which was established circa 1800 on the banks of the Monkland canal in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1872, the pottery moved to Rutherglen by the railroad tracks and was closed in 1928. Black basalt porcelain was an innovation of Josiah Wedgwood in the late 1700’s; he called it “Basaltes Ware”, naming it after the volcanic rock basalt. It is a type of clay that starts out brown but fires black with an appearance that is almost glass-like. There are no marks to the base on this piece. More Details…

Weed Pot Beautifully Glazed 1970’s

Rosene Zaros Weed Pot Beautifully Glazed Stoneware 1970's

Item Name
Rosene Zaros Weed Pot
Price
$55.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art Pottery – Vase – Weed Pot
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4090
Description

Rosene Zaros displayed her hand made studio pottery at the Joetown Hill Pottery and Craft Gallery that she and her husband George owned in the 1970’s and early 1980’s in Ohio. She received an M.A. in ceramics from Ohio State University, doing her thesis on raku ware, and was a Fine Arts instructor there from 1969-1971. Her mark “Zaros” is incised in the bottom. Her work is not easily found and prized when it is discovered. (more…)

Vintage White Cat Accent Lamp With Black Shade (Sold)

Mid Century Porcelain Cat Accent Lamp Black and White

Item Name
Accent lamp white cat
Price
Sold – Thank You – $95.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Lamp & Shade – Home Decor Lighting
Availability
In Stock 0
Item #
PYH – 4175
Description

For the cat lover, a charming porcelain accent lamp with a bit of modern Asian flair. The 2/4 inch high stepped, round black wooden base supports the full bodied cat that stands 8 inches high. Sitting in a classic pose, with front paws demurely together, head to one side and tail wrapped around, the cat is made of glossy white porcelain, well-detailed down to the whiskers. The new matte black cloth uno shade sits on the socket that’s attached to the brass rod behind the cat. The shade is 7 inches tall with the overall height of the lamp 16 1/2 inches. On the bottom is the classic “Made in Japan” red and gold foil label, along with four green felt protective circles. (more…)