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This early and impressive Haegar China-painted bowl measures 2.75" high by 8.5" in diameter.  It has a classic bulb bowl form, with a rolled rim.  It is glazed in a very nice yellow ground glaze and finished to a satin matte sheen.  Best of all, this bowl is decorated all around with what appear to be Rose blossoms in yellow and pink with green leaves. This early Haeger bowl is china-painted by Estelle Harkness and it is signed by Harkness and dated 1918.  It bears the early Haeger diamond mark, with the name 'Haeger' incised.  This shape is well documented in the Haeger references. It is in near original factory condition, with a no harm glaze chip on the inner rim, which is shown in the photos.  This simple bowl dates to c1914, according to Dilley's Haeger reference book. It is beautifully painted and is a very nice early example of a Haeger China-painted piece and certainly the first that I have encountered. Included below is a brief history of China Painting in the United States.

American 'China Painting' began around the time of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. After the Civil War, women became interested in the leisure arts and china painting was a natural for producing objects used in decorating the home.  China painting became a movement, and a pursuit for many women, which endured into the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco periods, lasting well into the 1940s. Companies produced blank porcelain and china ware and groups began to emerge, some more formal than others, teaching women how to paint, providing instructions, publishing patterns, each one prettier than the next.  This china painting genre of artists provided objects of beauty in the form of vases, bowls, flower pots, dresser sets and more.  Generations later, collectors consider many of these objects to be true works of art.  Many are signed and dated by the artists, yet their identities will never truly be known.  Some vessels are simply inscribed as gifts, and some have no identifying marks at all. More than one-hundred years later, these wonderful objects have an enduring appeal. They tell a story of a time of hope and prosperity for women and America. If you encounter one, pick it up, perhaps, it will speak to you!

Royal Haeger Early China-Painted Bowl Signed Estelle Harkness d1918 Diamond Mark

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