N.S. Gustin Holly Leaves & Berries
Christmas Tree Divided Serving Dish
is a beautiful example of the much sought-after Holly Leaves & Berries line from N.S. Gustin...before the company joined up with Los Angeles Pottery in early '70's.
N.S. Gustin started his company in 1941 and made his name with hand-decorated pottery, including blue spongeware. Many of his cookiejars and collectibles feature cats, ducks, and squirrels--though the classic blue spatterware is also widely collected.
The Holly Leaves & Berries design is the only Holiday line I could find attributed to N.S. Gustin's design. I believe it came out in the 1950's. If you have further references, please send them. It is a beautiful design with colorful green holly leaves and red berries all tied up with a cheery ribbon and bow.
This piece is 11 1/4" long and 10" at the widest point. It is 1 5/8" in depth. T are NO chips and NO cracks. T is a small rough place about 1/8" long which can be felt in the green glaze around the outside just above the upper "y" part of the divide. Just looking at the dish, you would probably not notice it...it may not even show up in the photos. But for that reason, this piece is in Very Good condition instead of Mint condition.
This piece has never been used to my knowledge. I'm sure it was a gift to my Mother somew along the way. She worked almost 50 years in a small textile mill in the South. In those days, it was not uncommon for co-workers to bring their department supervisor or manager a small gift back from vacation. Certainly, a collection was taken up for a department gift at the holidays. Mom's love of glass was well-known, and she was usually remembered with some interesting piece of glassware. My future offerings will have many eclectic glass offerings , as I am running across all kinds of fun and interesting things.
A marking is on the back which was painted at the same time as the piece---a "P." Though I have tried, I cannot track down whether this is a location mark or the painter's mark. A mystery still!
The sticker is still on the back , not very legible. The close-up picture of a Gustin sticker is NOT from this dish...but from an example I found doing research. I used a magnifier to make sure the stickers were the same. You can do the same. As you can see in the photos, it does have a lovely crazing --which adds to the beauty in my mind. The other marks you see on the back of the piece are the normal three marks w the piece was held during the painting/glazing.
In my research, I never found another mention of a signed Gustin piece. Those of you familiar with Gustin and with California Pottery please let me know if you have info about the "P" marking. My curiousity has been raised after all this time!
The sticker reads:
N.S. Gustin Co.
Made in USA
I frequently use for research. Very few Holly Leaves and Berries pieces have come up in the last 3 years. Only bowls were listed, and both ran in the $40-$50 range. As always, the market was dependent upon condition and the number of bidders .
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