Description

    Don Schreckengost (American, 1911-2008)
    A Twenty-Piece Tricorne and Streamline Partial Service, 1933, Salem China
    Cold painted and glazed ceramic
    9 inches wide (22.9 cm) (largest plate)

    The lot comprising:
    5 dinner plates;
    9 saucers;
    2 shallow bowls;
    4 teacups.
    20 Total.

    Note: Please refer to images for marks

    This striking orange and white dinnerware design is the brainchild of Viktor's youngest brother, Don, who also spent his life in the world of ceramics. 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*:

    Small areas of flaking and scratching to the paint (an inherent vice in this ware), crazing throughout.

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    May, 2016
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