"RARE STONELAIN POTTERY CHARGER DECORATED BY JOSEPH HIRSCH" (ca. 1948)
13 inches (diameter). Signed “Hirsch” lower left of the artwork and Stonelain Pottery maker’s mark on bottom.
The piece features a wonderful and whimsical hand-painting of three monkey’s playing on tree branches. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, hairlines, and no repairs. Some crazing to the glaze which happened during production. There may not be exact duplicates of this piece.
Joseph Hirsch (American, 1910 – 1981) gained prominence during the 1930’s and 40’s as one of the great “American Regionalist.” Hirsch, in affiliation with the historic Associated American Artists of New York City, produced artwork for publication by the Association. The Association produced pottery under the Stonelain label from the late 1930’s to around 1952, and many of the pieces were decorated by important American artist of the time such as Thomas Hart Benton, George Schreiber, Doris Lee, Marion Greenwood, Adolph Dehn, Alexander Archipenko, Carl Walters, et al., and of course, Joseph Hirsch. Master potters William oini and Fraces Server handled the technical aspects of the pottery production. It’s their intertwined “SS” initials found inside the Stonelain maker’s mark on the base of many pottery pieces, including this piece.