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Vintage California Arts Crafts ceramic tile studio pottery plaque

Vintage California Arts Crafts ceramic tile studio pottery plaque

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: American: Pottery: Pre 1950: Item # 1436131
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I am not a specialist in this sort of thing, but will describe to the best of my ability: this is a vintage, circa 1920's to early 1940's at latest, ceramic work depicting a distant fairy castle, towering cumulus clouds in the sky, a grove of trees at right balancing the scene. Measurements are 9 1/2" by 10 1/2" by 7/8" thick, and the piece weighs roughly 2 3/4 pounds. More than likely this is by one of the known ceramic works of California from the Arts and Crafts period; found in Los Angeles. There are a number of faults, including chipped corner at lower right, and another smaller chip at upper right, and some deterioration of the ceramic surface at left and in the castle itself, perhaps from water intrusion. The violet flowers and indeed much of the other color if not all appears hand-painted. I have looked and do not see a name anywhere. Among the possibilities from the period, such as Batchelder, Tudor, or Claycraft, seems to most resemble works of Claycraft.