"RARE STONELAIN SMALL POTTERY CHARGER DECORATED WITH AN IVY VINE BY DORIS EMERICK LEE" (ca. 1940)
8 ½ inches across. Signed “Doris Lee” and Stonelain Pottery maker’s mark on bottom. Excellent condition.
Doris Emerick Lee (American, 1905 – 1983) gained prominence during the 1930’s and 40’s as one of the great “American Regionalist.” Lee, 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, Marion Greenwood, Adolph Dehn, Alexander Archipenko, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Walters, et al., and of course, Doris Lee. Master potters William Soini 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.