Measure approximately 6.25" high
Circular Mark on bottom: Made in Czechoslovakia P.A.I. (see photo)
Condition: Some glaze loss; see photos - Superb example of its primitive, hand made nature.
Peasant Art Pottery grew from a simple one-man operation in a small apartment in New York City to a thriving industry with a factory in Letovice in Czechoslovakia employing hundreds. Joseph Mrazek began making his pottery in 1917/1918 and continued through about 1932. If you would like more information on this beautiful pottery, a great book on the history of Joseph Mrazek and his company is available, written by his son and grandson: "The Art Pottery of Joseph Mrazek, A Collector's Guide".
About the above mentioned book: The Art Pottery of Joseph Mrazek chronicles the extraordinary life of an American who emigrated to the United States from what is now the Czech Republic in 1908, and became a gifted painter and muralist, a decorated hero of the Czechoslovakian independence movement, an American undercover agent in World War I, and a friend of Tomas Masaryk, the father of Czechoslovakia. Between the two world wars, Joseph Mrazek was the largest producer of hand-painted pottery in Czechoslovakia, most of which was exported to the United States. With the advent of the Second World War, he invented and manufactured a critically important military aircraft component that was integrated into more than 70,000 U.S. warplanes. Joseph Mrazek's most enduring legacy can be found in the brilliantly-colored, hand-painted pottery that he created from 1918-1933. The pieces remain as dramatic and vibrant today as when he first put brush to clay, retaining a brightness and durability that is astonishing. Today, his pottery can be found in museum collections and in the homes of thousands of collectors all over the world.
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