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    Sixty-One Piece Don Schreckengost For Salem Tricorne and Streamline Ceramic Partial Service
    Circa 1933. Stamped and incised Streamline-Tricorne, by Salem, U.S. Patent, D. 96722- D. 94245
    Ht. 7-3/4 in. (tallest)

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BILL LEAZER, DALLAS, TEXAS

    Lot Comprising:
    2 dinner plates;
    4 luncheon plates;
    1 fruit/dessert bowl;
    8 snack plates (with indentation fitted for teacup);
    10 nut dishes;
    1 vegetable serving bowl;
    1 coffee pot;
    2 creamers;
    1 covered sugar;
    17 tea cups;
    12 saucers;
    1 demitasse teacup;
    1 demitasse saucer.
    61 total

    This striking Machine Age orange and white dinnerware design is the brainchild of Don Schreckengost, youngest brother to Viktor Schreckengost. After graduating from the Cleveland School of Art, Don took a job as chief designer for Salem Pottery. He then went on to teach ceramics at Alfred University, and following the death of noted designer Frederick Rhead, took over his spot as chief designer for Homer Laughlin.

    As fortune would have it, one of Don's greatest designs, the present Tricorne (or variant, Streamline) was something he devised early in his tenure with Salem. As Henry Adams has noted, "One day the Henshaw Color Company in Cleveland brought him an unusual lustrous orange glaze, made chiefly of uranium. At the time, the pottery at Salem was ranked in five categories, the lowest of which was "lump," ware that had bent out of shape in the kiln and was considered worthless. Don suggested taking a stack of lump, glazing it with uranium, and calling it Hillbilly Ware. Salem did so and sold out immediately. Encouraged by this success, Don began sketching designs for the new color, trying to come up with something bright, fresh and casual. He quickly came up with an unusual three-cornered shape he called Tricorne and designed a jigger to fabricate it. [Owner] Frank Sebring, Jr. was so impressed...that he insisted Don patent it. Well more than a half century later, the pattern still looks daring and has won a place as a classic of American art deco design" (Adams, 2000, p. 116).


    Condition Report*: With chips to spout, handle, and foot of one creamer; with varying levels of crazing and darkening throughout, and with minor errant flakes and scratches throughout. Otherwise with minor surface wear commensurate with use and age. Lot sold as is.
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