Erphila Art Pottery 4" Pot with Tray, POPPY, Czecho Slovakia Handpainted Mark (c. 1920s)


Erphila Art Pottery
Czecho Slovakia
Footed Planter on Tray

From Erphila Art Pottery comes this very colorful "footed planter on tray" (2 pieces) in the classic brilliant orange-red POPPY pattern. I love this pattern, because the intensity of the color is so rich, simple, and pleasing. This particular shape (not in Poppy) is identified on pages 127 (picture 1136) and 192 (description) of the reference guide, "Czechoslovakia Pottery: 'Czeching' Out America'" (by Bowers, Closser, & Ellis). They describe Erphila as "an import company owned by Ebeling and Reuss of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company imported high-quality pottery from many factories in Czechoslovakia, operating from approximately 1920 to 1940" (page 34).

The tray is 4 inches square and 0.75 inches high. There is one very visible shallow chip on the edge of the rim (see photos), and some ware to the red trim (especially on one corner).

The pot is 4 inches high and about 3.5 inches wide across the rim. It is in good condition, with no chips or cracks that I can see. There is overall crazing (thick, but not too heavy), and a little wear on the red rim.

Both pieces are marked on the underside with "Erphila Art Pottery / Czecho Slovakia / handpainted." There is also a faint underglaze impressed number 2453 on the bottom of the tray.

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