This Stonelain Pottery charger by Fletcher Martin stands 2.25" high by 12.5" in diameter. It is decorated with a 'Toreador' or bullfighter. Martin was a well-known American artist. Based upon our research, Fletcher Martin (1904-1979) was a professional artist. He worked in New York City, including an association with the historic Associated American Artists Gallery. The gallery produced pottery under the Stonelain Pottery label from the late 1930s to circa 1952, featuring work from some of the foremost artists of the day, including, Thomas Hart Benton, Marion Greenwood, Gwen Lux, Alexander Archipenko, Joseph Hirsh, Carl Walters, Jo Davidson, et al, with master potters William Soini and Frances Server handling the technical end of production. This mid-century charger is glazed earthenware in a green and charcoal glaze, which is heaviest on the periphery and exterior, accentuating the decoration quite handsomely. It is signed 'Fletcher Martin' on the left side of the decoration. It is marked, 'AAA' and 'SS' on the base on the base, the cipher for master potters William Soini and Fraces Server, who produced the actual pottery to be painted. We guarantee this charger to be authentic Stonelain Pottery designed and decorated by Martin. It is in studio mint condition, with the usual glaze nuances common to Stonelain's pots, as shown in the photos. This wonderful example of Mid-Century American art would make a great addition to any collection.
According to online references, the predominant style of the AAA artists was what is now termed 'Regionalism'. Fletcher Martin was an important Regionalist artist. He gained national recognition as an artist by working as a war correspondant for LIFE magazine. In 1943, Martin authored a 13-page article in LIFE magazine, with his art featured on the cover. He also painted murals for the WPA and taught art at various colleges. His favorite subject was sports, particularly boxing.
Fletcher Martin Mid-Century Stonelain Pottery AAA Of NYC 'Toreador' Charger
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