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Amazing Large Folk Art Signed Sewer Tile Tree Trunk Planter / Table Base.

There are 4 limbs extending from the center trunk

color is yellow stoneware with darkening accents on the bark and overall aging.

signed/stamped 5 times GJL, see picture #5

approx. Size: 21" tall * center trunk 17 3/4" diameter and 29" one way diameter with branches and 26" diameter with other branches.

condition: Overall Wonderful. There are cracks and chips, but does not reduce the structural integrity of the creation. The tree trunk is as found. The only thing we have done is wipe done the inside for any lose dirt.

We will gladly send you as many pictures as you would like.

Shipping: This is a large heavy creation. Shipping is an estimate only. Please convo zip for quote. Estimated double boxed size: 34" * 31" * 23" with a weight of 135 lbs. If the shipping estimated is over we will refund the overage.

About Sewer Tile Folk Art:

Sewer tile art was made during a short time from 1880 to roughly 1950 and usually only in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. However examples have come to auction made in St.Louis, Mo., Red Wing, Mn., Monmouth, Ill. and Cannelton, In.

Sewer tile ware was made from the same type of ceramics used to make sewer tiling for drain pipes. However, the basic materials could have been both redware and stoneware clays. Yet, the end result was vastly different than the items we have come to associate with stoneware and redware. Unlike the popular and pricey stoneware with its' blue decorations, and equally expensive redware in a variety of forms, figures and decorations, sewer tile ceramics have been largely ignored by collectors until recently. Now, they are being included in both ceramic and folk art collections. They had their beginnings in the stoneware manufactures primarily in the Northeast and Midwest.

When the kilns closed in the late 19th centuries many of the potters went to work for companies making sewer pipes for the cities and drainage tiles for agricultural purposes. Just as glass workers found creativity after hours, so did the ceramics potters. Using whatever clay and glazing materials were available they created one-of-a- kind utilitarian objects, from pitchers to chairs, and figurines. They were popular as gifts or home use.

The figures, often cast in molds, were influenced by English Staffordshire figures, popular in the late 19th century. Other times Victorian pressed glass designs were used. Other methods were used in addition to mold casting. They included hand-modeling or a combination of modeling and molding. Few were wheel thrown. Decorating techniques were influenced by whatever was popular at the time, such as applied decorations, embossing, incising and combing. Combing would be used, for example, to make a tree trunk more realistic. Incising to detail a bird's feathers.

*Thank you Anne Gilbert at the Antique Detective for the History Lesson.

Antique Large Sewer Tile Folk Art Signed Tree Trunk Planter

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: stoneware, sewer tile pottery, ohio clay, redware, crock
  • Only ships within United States.
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