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Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
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Salem Basket Petit Point 1950s Teapot Schreckengost
This 8" t. teapot was designed (both the shape and the decal decoration) by internationally renowned Cleveland School designer and artist Viktor Schreckengost. The maker is Salem, and the Mid-Century Modern shape is called Lotus Bud (introduced in 1950). This decoration is Basket Petit Point, a colorful flower basket in the style of traditional needlework, but in bright modern colors.

In VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST AND 20TH CENTURY DESIGN (the catalog for Viktor's 2000 retrospective exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art), Henry Adams comments on the "Far Eastern influence" on Lotus Bud, writing that it was "largely conceived as a body for colorful, freely brushed floral decorations that loosely evoked Chinese ink painting. The shapes struck a balance between historical and modern. The short rim on the plates was a modern form, while the fluted base on the hollowware provided a historical note, somewhat simplified in treatment" (page 113).

Poor condition. The top of the handle has been broken (although not the bottom portion). There is a burst bubble in the glaze on the rim (factory), and two gouges in the glaze of the white background on one side.



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