This wheel-thrown antique redware bowl was discovered in the Hill Country of Texas. Covered with a clear lead glaze to seal it for food use, the early tapered form has a rounded pumpkin orange interior with visible finger marks of the potter. The slip-trailed decorations* include upper and lower lines in a creamy color encircling the raised rims, centered with a green wavy line (sine wave). In the bottom of the inner bowl is the freehand flower with green dots and a single blue petal.
Texas Hill Country towns have names like New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, bestowed by the German immigrants who settled there beginning about 1830. In correspondence with Brandt Zipp of Crocker Farm, Inc., he advised that the blue slip used on the flower petal is a sign of a European piece. We have seen this blue color used on early German pottery, so given where this bowl was found, we are assigning it a German origin.
The exterior of the bowl is unglazed and has a wonderful darkened patina. The bowl is slightly out of round, measuring 7 1/2 inches by 8 inches wide at the top rim, about 2 1/2 inches high and has a base diameter 4 inches. It weighs 3/4 of a pound and is in great condition, with no cracks, hairlines or repaired damage. There is some minimal wear to the slip decorations and the piece has a hanging loop molded in near the top of the underside. This fine early 1800's redware bowl is a delight for admirers of primitives and antique earthenware.
*Slip-trailing is a decorative technique in which designs are drawn on the pottery with a liquid clay mixture before the top glaze is applied.