"EXTREMELY RARE ARCHITECTURAL STONELAIN POTTERY VASE 'CHICAGO SKYSCRAPPERS' DECORATED BY GEORES LAWRENCE SCHREIBER" (ca. 1938)

16 ½  inches (height) x 6 ½ inches (diameter). Signed “Schreiber” to the side of the artwork and Stonelain Pottery maker’s mark on bottom.  Rich and vibrant colors of cinnamon and brown, and black tones contrasted with blue, yellow and white.  In mint condition with some no harm glaze skips on the base edge, which may be glaze splinters from grinding the excess glaze off the base during production. The small hole in the base is a factory hole for draining off the excess clay when this difficult to make piece was produced.

Georges Schreiber (American artist, 1862 – 1940) gained prominence during the 1930’s as one of the great “American Regionalist.”  Schreiber, 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, Doris Lee, Marion eenwood, Adolph Dehn, Alexander Archipenko, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Walters, et al.,  and of course, Schreiber.  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.  The artwork on this vase personifies “American Modernism” and “Art Deco” with the skyscrapers rising up from the bottom of the vase as if the artist was viewing them from below, a quintessential New York City presentation.

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