This terra cotta majolica pitcher was hand thrown and hand painted in Italy for j. willfred, a division of the Charles Sadek Import Company, Inc. There is a ½ inch square lime green paper sticker on the bottom with this information. The Sadek Company was founded in 1936 and is still in business with headquarters in New Rochelle, New York. Supposedly, when Charles Sadek bought a company that designed and imported ceramics, the owners of the company were named Jay, Will and Fred and that’s how Charles Sadek came up with the name of the division. It’s a cute story, at any rate.
This pitcher is very, very large and heavy. It stands a little over 10 inches tall and measures almost 12 inches from handle to spout. The widest part of its belly is 8 ½ inches and the base is 6 inches in diameter. The strap handle alone is ¼ inch thick and 1 ½ inches wide. This piece weighs 6 pounds 2 ounces and will hold an enormous amount of flowers. The colors are glorious: pink and cobalt blue trim, purple grapes, green leaves and splashes of ocher, all on a gleaming white body. The decorations have incised edges (sgraffito decorating) and there is incised cross-hatching on the pink side panels framed with incised bands that also circle the base. The scratching reveals a layer of chocolate brown slip. As for condition,there is fine crazing inside and out, but no chips, cracks or other damage--it's in beautiful shape.
This impressive ceramic piece is the center of attention in any room.