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Rare Early Charger by Edwin and Mary Scheier

#2171

In the 40's the Scheiers experimanted with drawing that was figural and abstract in the manner of childrens' drawings. Over time the abstraction became more sophisticated, as it is here in the profile drawings of the faces of the man and woman. Also, the human and animal figures form here a closer composition than that seen in earlier work, and it becomes harder to separate each into its component parts. This quality will, later in Edwin's decoration, reach a stage where they merge and overlap into even more abstract images.
The figures- man, woman, bird, cat, and horse- are scrafitto drawn and inside decorated with "hatching", short parallel lines which fill in an area. Outside the figures, a more complex linear patterning fills in the background space. Concentric lines form a border pattern.

Red clay, glazed in tan/gray on the outside and in matte brown on the inside. 15 5/8 inches in diameter and 1 inch high. NH circa 1950.