“RARE STONELAIN HAND-DECORATED POTTERY CHARGER” (ca. 1940’s -1950’s) Decorated by ALFONSO VILA SHUM (1897 – 1967)
13 inches (length) x 8 ¾ inches (width). Signed “SHUM” lower right and Stonelain Pottery maker’s mark on bottom.
The piece illustrates “Diana, Goddess of the Hunt.” Excellent condition.
|The artist, Alfonso Vila Shum, no doubt was associated with the historic Associated American Artists of New York City, and 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, Doris Lee, Joseph Hirsch, Carl Walters, et al. 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.|