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1940 Purinton Co Pa. William Blair Modernist Pottery Handpaint Apple Jug Pitcher For Sale
1940-EARLY 1940S SIGNED VINTAGE RETRO-MODERNIST WILLIAM BLAIR 'SLIPWARE' POTTERY FOR "PURINTON POTTERY CO." WELLSVILLE OHIO/SHIPPEVILLE PENN. - LARGE HAND-PAINTED 'APPLE' "PEASANT WARE" ART JUG PITCHER-IN EXCELLENT UNDAMAGED CONDITION. Piece is signed on the bottom by company and reads "Purinton Slip Ware" (see close-up pic included of company signature). This is a circa 1939-early 1940s signed "Purinton" company large hand-painted 'Modernist Art Pottery' Jug Pitcher designed by the Purinton company's resident artist & ceramicist William Blair, who was the brother-in-law of owner and founder Bernard Purinton. These jugs/pitchers and all pottery were hand-painted by a handful of Purinton artists including ceramicist artist William Blair, Bernard's wife Dorothy, and five other artists employed during that time by the Purinton company. In 1936 Bernard Purinton purchased the "East Liverpool Pottery Co." and incorporated the "Purinton Pottery Co." in Wellsville Ohio, he patented his pottery which became known as "Slipware" and was in business from 1939-1959, these "Apple" pitchers date from 1939-early part of 1940s. This pattern is known as the "Apple" pattern or "d-46" and was part of the "Peasant Ware" patterns designed during this time by Wiliam Blair, some even having been hand-painted by Blair. In 1941 the company moved to Shippeville Penn. All the "Peasant Ware" pieces from this time period were hand-painted, these "Apple" pieces being the most prized and sought after of the "Peasant Ware" pieces. This large jug/pitcher measures approx. 10.75" wide from tip of spout to end of handle x 7.5" tall, it has a lovely exaggerated elongated Ultra-Modernist spout with a curved linear angle (with a hand-painted leaf in green)-the spout which is extremely geometric and curved in proportion and form as is the entire pitcher-it is very beautiful-these William Blair-Purinton art pottery pieces/designs were before their time and reflect the beginnings of the Modernist Movement in America. The pitcher has an angular handle as well with lovely hand-painted colorful stripes across its top (see pics). The hand-painted colorful apple design is especially nice on this jug and has green apple leaves floating around a central apple on both sides which is all hand-painted making each piece an individual and unique piece of Modernist Art Pottery. In the next week or so I will be offering several of these early Purinton 'Apple' design " Peasant Ware" pieces in various forms and functions from a recent estate collection here in Connecticut. This large art jug is in excellent undamaged condition with no cracks, chips, nicks, scratches, crazing, very minimal wear with a bright non-faded, crisp, richly vivid hand-painted design, it is also clean & unsoiled. A great original circa 1940 vintage Retro-Modern signed "Purinton" early slipware 'Apple" design 'Peasant Ware' Art Jug in excellent condition for collection and brilliant display. Piece weighs over 3 lbs. and is heavy and wide and needs to be/and will be packed well with quality materials for safe shipping and arrival. smoke/pet free home. Thank you.
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1940 Purinton Co Pa. William Blair Modernist Pottery Handpaint Apple Jug Pitcher: $17