Fine Art Ceramics

1828 Antique School Penmanship Exercise

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Item Name
Antique School Framed Penmanship Exercise
$425.00 USD
Antique – Art – Collectible
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Found in Berks County, Pennsylvania, this wonderful school penmanship exercise is dated July 12, 1828 and signed at the bottom “Thomas Coats Moores Piece Book.” It measures 9 inches by 7 inches and is framed in its original, 15/16 inch wide tiger maple frame. Master Moore wrote this school exercise in brown ink which has faded a bit with time. The draperies with a tassel at the bottom of each, so often seen in nineteenth century portraits, are cascading down the sides, painted in blue and pale brown watercolors. There is a six-pointed star in a circle in each upper corner, serving as holdbacks for the draperies. The title of the piece is “Grammer” {sic} and it’s ornately penned at the the top within a pale blue painted oval. Here is the rest of the composition:



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Item Name
Harding Black Pitcher
Sold –  Thank You – $325.00 USD
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Item #
PYH – 4134

Native Texan Harding Black (1912-2004) was one of the pioneers of the studio pottery movement in America, known for most of his life as “The Dean of Texas Ceramics.” He produced some remarkable forms in clay, but his real passion was the study and formulation of esoteric glazes, like the ones used in ancient China. In 1995, Mr. Black gave Baylor University in Waco his glaze formulas and logs and 12,000 ceramic pieces. In 2015, Baylor presented an exhibition of his work (see photograph #5). To quote Thomas G. Turnquist, American ceramics collector and writer: “I believe Harding Black’s work will stand as a lasting example to all studio potters that will follow. His success will remain a clear and powerful testament to patience, hard work, and spiritual strength.”

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This pitcher of Black’s, predictably, has wonderful glazes: the body is a khaki/olive/caramel color overlaid with midnight blue at the rim, the base and the handle and washed over the interior. The potting ridges from his fingers are clearly evident. The sturdy handle was pulled from the red clay, not applied, and there’s a wide mouth with a small pinched spout. The bottom is unglazed and has Harding Black’s incised signature along with the year 1980. The pitcher’s 5 1/2 inches tall, 6 inches from handle to spout and has a 2 1/2 inch diameter base. It’s in excellent condition.If you love studio pottery as much as we do, you will be proud to have this Harding Black piece as part of your collection.


Maybell Pattern Octagonal Covilhete Dish Vista Alegre Portuguese Porcelain

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Vista Alegre Octagonal Covilhete Dish

This beautiful octagon shaped dish was made by Vista Alegre, established in 1824 and manufacturer of the largest collection of fine porcelain and crystal in Europe. The company, working with designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Christian Lacroix, has a worldwide reputation for exquisite, collectible tableware. This covilhete dish (a covilhete is a sort of Portuguese potpie or quiche) was manufactured between 1980 and 1992, when the pattern was discontinued.

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Hand Built Pit Fired Red Clay Large Olla Native American Style

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This large high shouldered pot or olla was hand coiled of red clay; the coil marks, though smoothed, are still visible in the interior. It was pit fired, historically the original method of baking clay to make it hard and usable. In the photos, you can see the marks the fire made, especially on the bottom. The pot was burnished and sealed on the exterior and is a beautiful piece of pottery that can be used as a vase or stand alone as sculptural art.

The pot measures 7 inches tall and about 8 inches at the shoulder; the mouth is 3 1/2 inches across and the base is 5 inches in diameter. It weighs a very sturdy 3 3/4 pounds. There is a white paper label on the bottom which reads: MA. 13/TB. We have no idea if this has any significance but it was on the pot when we found it. There are no other identifying marks. It’s very reminiscent of Navajo red clay pitch pottery, but we’re not positive it is of Native American origin. It’s in superb condition, with just a few rubs in the clear glaze and some wear on the bottom that shows age. It’s a piece that works beautifully with almost any interior decor.

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Bavaria Porcelain Plate Waldershof, With 22 Karat Gold Trim

Bavaria Porcelain Plate Waldershof, With 22 Karat Gold Trim

Thank You Sold $60.00

The marks in gilt on the reverse of this beautiful plate are: a five-point crown; Bavaria; Waldershof; a capital N; Germany; Handarbeit and 22 Karat Gold. Waldershof is a town in Bavaria, Germany and handarbeit literally means “work done by hand.” The crowned N mark was used in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by several manufacturers in Germany to mimic the mark of famed Capodimonte porcelain so it’s sometimes difficult to pin down what company made a piece of Bavarian porcelain. The mark on this plate has been attributed to the Frank Neukirchner Porcelain Works. They used the mark from 1916 to 1977, but this plate was probably made in the 1920’s or 1930’s.

The hand painted decorations on this plate are striking and especially vibrant on the deep matte blue-green background. The flowers are exceptionally lifelike, as is the foliage. The stems and leaves stretching out from the colorful flora are 22 karat gold and so is the trim on the scalloped rim, which is heavily and perfectly applied. The dish is about 7 ½ inches in diameter and sits ¾ of an inch high. This was probably a cabinet plate, as the condition is absolutely pristine. This is one of those remarkable porcelain plates that appears infrequently for sale and will catch the eye in any setting.


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German Bisque Figures of a Girl and Boy Caroling

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This pretty pair of hand painted unglazed (bisque) figures was made in Grafenthal, Thuringia, Germany by Weiss, Kuhnert and Company. The printed mark on each bottom back of the boy and girl is in red and consists of W.K.C., crossed sticks in the center of the word Grafenthal and underneath that is Germany (please see photos) The factory used this mark starting in 1905. They made fine porcelains, mainly for export. The quality of their goods and their impeccable reputation resulted in a license from Disney to produce Mickey Mouse figures starting in 1929.

In addition to the red company mark, each figure has the same number (3527) impressed on the back, indicating they are a matched pair. The girl is holding a songbook with tiny musical notes impressed on it. She wears a white jacket with a pink ribbon tied on the collar and a powder blue skirt. Her jacket is trimmed in gold and there are tiny porcelain beads on her skirt that are also gilded. She stands 6 ¼ inches tall on a base that is 1 ¾ inches wide.The boy is strumming a lute that has a pink bow tied at the top. He also has a gold-trimmed white jacket and his pale blue knee breeches, with the same gold beads as the girl’s skirt, are tied at each side over his white stockings. He is also 6 ¼ inches tall on the same size base. Both have rosy cheeks from caroling in the winter air. Notice the unpainted backs of the figures; this was a common practical technique for china figures, since the back was not seen when it they were on a shelf or in a cabinet. There is a tiny area on the back of the girl’s head where there is a paint skip, but otherwise both of these figures are in original condition, with no chips, cracks, flakes or repairs.

This charming pair will add a European touch anywhere in your home.


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