â€œRARE STONELAIN POTTERY CHARGER DECORATED BY DORIS EMERICK LEEâ€ (ca. 1940)
8 inches (length) x 10 inches (width).
Signed “Doris Lee” lower right of the artwork and Stonelain Pottery maker’s mark on bottom. The piece features a wonderful and whimsical hand-painting of a train crossing the country. Similar lithographs were made in 1944 by Lee entitled “Morning Train” and “Afternoon Train.”
Excellent condition with some tiny pin prick sized glaze pops on the surface that occurred during firing and some crazing. There may not be exact duplicates of this piece. 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 nko, 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.