Folk Art Kohler Pottery Rectangular Wall Tray
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Folk Art Kohler Pottery Rectangular Wall Tray makers mark on back
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Folk Art Kohler Pottery Rectangular Wall Tray

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Made of local red clay with a high gloss black glaze, this rectangular wall tray is Swiss pottery, created by the ceramic artists of the Kohler pottery studio in Biel, Switzerland. The limited available information about this studio is that it was founded by the brothers Markus and Stefan Kohler and it closed in 1995. Their pottery is instantly recognizable, decorated with floral motifs trimmed with geometrics and Alpine scenes such as this charming young girl with her milk cow and two calves. The designs were skillfully applied with many colors of liquid clay called slip, earning the pottery the name slipware, and they are brimming with fine details.

The tray measures 12 5/8 inches long and 6 inches from top to bottom. It's 1 1/2 inches high and weighs 1 pound 7 ounces. In excellent condition, with no flaws, the tray has a hanging wire installed on the back, as well as 4 small felt circles for protection. There is a hand written inscription on the back reads " Kohler Biel Handarbeit {work done by hand...hand made}." (This signature distinguishes the Kohler brothers' pottery from another Kohler who worked in Biel whose name was Hugo and who typically stamped his pottery HUGO KOHLER BIEL into the bottom.) There's also a gold foil label on this tray that reads: Handarbeit Handmade Fait à la main (French) and Fatto a mano (Italian) which demonstrates that this pottery was exporting their pieces. The artist's initial is scratched into the glaze, also.

This is a highly decorative piece of Swiss folk art pottery that dates from 1970-1980, lovely to hang on the wall or prop on a shelf and admire.

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