Made of local tan clay, this oval wall plate is Swiss pottery, hand made by the ceramic artists of the Hugo Kohler pottery studio in Biel, Switzerland. Hugo Kohler made hand painted folk art in the Swiss tradition like this plate and also made very mid century modern pottery. The charming blond Swiss maiden on this piece is dressed in traditional costume with puffed white sleeves, green bodice and a flowered burgundy full skirt. She's holding a large flower in her hand and is barefoot.
All the designs were skillfully applied with many colors of liquid clay called slip, earning the pottery the name slipware. The back of the plate is covered with brown glaze except for the foot rim. That same glaze was used on the front, with green and yellow dots interspersed with brown dashes decorating the rim.
This teardrop-shaped plate measures 10 1/4 inches top to bottom. It varies in width from 2 1/2 inches at the top to 4 3/4 inches across the bottom; it's 1 inch high and weighs 12 ounces. In the photo with the white arrow, you'll see 3 glaze flakes in a vertical row and a tiny chip along the edge, which is not visible from the front. Otherwise, the plate is in excellent condition. There is an old, frayed string that has been used for hanging and 2 small felt circles for protection.
The stamped inscription on the back reads "HUGO KOHLER BIEL" This mark distinguishes the pottery from the pottery made by Markus and Stefan Kohler, also of Biel, which was inscribed or stamped with KOHLER BIEL HANDERBEIT. The artist's cypher is above the stamped mark.
This is a highly decorative piece of Swiss folk art pottery that dates from the 1960's, pretty hung on a wall or propped on a shelf to.admire.
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