RARE Blue Ridge Pitcher Hand Painted - $300 (Oklahoma City)
Item: 8" Jug / Pitcher
Circa: 1940s / 50s
Mark: "Blue Ridge China Handpainted Underglaze Southern Potteries Inc Made in U.S.A."
Undamaged condition! No cracks or chips!
Peasant- This pretty hand painted pattern was produced by the Southern Potteries Company of Erwin, Tennessee. The pattern was copied from an earlier pattern named Quimper. This beautiful pattern is one of the most popular Blue Ridge dinnerware patterns to have been produced. The most commonly found pieces in this set are the relishes. Pitchers, teapots and dinnerware items are extremely hard to obtain.
Southern Potteries Incorporated was established in Erwin Tennessee on April 8th, 1920. After a few years of moderately successful production the company was purchased from E.J. and Ted Owens by Charles W. Foreman who hired George F. Brandt as the Southern Potteries plant manager.
Under Mr. Foreman's capable hands the company was revolutionized and the technique of hand painting under the glaze was incorporated into their dinnerware lines. Local girls and women were trained to hand paint the colorful pottery and by 1938 Southern Potteries had established ornately hand painted dinnerware lines.
The success of the industry was partly due to World War II because all imports were cut off and the demand for reasonable pretty dinnerware patterns produced in the United States increased. From 1940 until the early 1950s the company thrived.
The Southern Potteries Company continued to produce pottery into the late 1950s. In 1957 due to declining popularity of hand decorated pottery the plant stockholders voted to close the plant.
Many of the Southern Pottery molds were sold to Ray and Pauline Cash (Owners of the Clinchfield Artware Pottery Company). The Clinchfield Artware Pottery Company is still in business today, and many of the older Southern Pottery molds are still being used.
KEYWORDS: Southern Potteries, Blue Ridge, Peasant, Pitcher, Antique
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