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2 Charming Vintage Pixie Elf Figurines, Planter, Flower Vase Cream and Pink, Lucky California Sprites, Treasure Craft Pottery 1940's-1950's

Part of Treasure Craft label remains on bottom of large elf planter.

Planter measures 3 3/4" tall small elf measures 1 1/2"

Good vintage condition.

Alfred Levin bought a house in the new LA suburbs when he returned home from WWII. In its garage sat his first pottery kiln. This is less remarkable than it seems. Many 1940s LA families started backyard potteries, as the pottery marked boomed with Axis factories in ruins. What is remarkable is that Treasure Craft Pottery survived a half century, long after new German and Japanese factories laid waste to most California ceramicists.

Levin's contacts as a jobber led to his 1947 pottery contracts. The firm's lightweight, plaste rlike white clay was easily molded, then glazed in solid gloss colors, often with parts slip applied together. Brightly colored fruit wall pockets with deep green leaves bore what was likely their first mark: "Treasure Craft-Made in California" in script.

Southgate production took off early with the "Lucky California Sprites", posed singly or on green shoe planters, tree trunk vases, and trellis wall pockets. More elaborate designs wore chartreuse costumes against dark green backgrounds, and faces were white or pink hued with detailing.

Elves have been portrayed throughout history in many different cultures and beliefs. They have been looked at as keepers of the forests to minor gods, to mischief makers playing pranks on humans. However they are seen, one thing remains... They are staple characters in modern fantasy, and wonderful subjects for artwork :)

2 Charming Vintage Pixie Elf Figurines, Planter, Flower Vase Cream and Pink, Lucky California Sprites, Treasure Craft Pottery 1940-1950

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