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    Posted 2 years ago

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    I think that this planter with fleur de lys designs was made by a california pottery back in the 1920s or sometime around there. it's pretty large at over 12 inches across and quite heavy. i like these old flower pots / planters!

    does anyone know which company made it? Garden City? Bauer? etc.???

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    1. artfoot artfoot, 2 years ago
      I like these old red clay flower pots too! I don't know if these "Fleur de Lys" pots have ever been definitely attributed - most likely California though. The "Greek key" and crenulated rim bands were used by Bauer on other garden ware items. I have always suspected these were likely Bauer but who knows? I have never seen a glazed one so whatever they are, I suspect they are 1920s or earlier.
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      i agree with you artfoot. this is kind of similar to another one i have which has a strong bauer attribution. this one was done right too. i can't imagine one of the modern ones surviving as well as this one did. terracotta - but high temperature and thick and strong.
    3. terracottapot, 1 year ago
      I collect Bauer Redware. There are pictures of the collection of their terracotta pots in the book "The Complete Collectors Guide to Bauer Pottery". It is the only Bauer book I ever found all (?) the garden pots in. Your exact style is in the book. I have several of them , but they have something other than the Greek key around the rim. Your pot is in PRISTINE condition. None of my pots are that crisp. Probably because they are 100 years old. FYI Redwood Garden pots were Bauers first venture.
    4. artfoot artfoot, 1 year ago
      terracottapot is correct - these are shown in the 1928 Bauer catalog, referred to as "hanging baskets". They were made in six sizes from 7 to 14 inches.
    5. artfoot artfoot, 1 year ago
      "The Complete Collectors Guide to Bauer Pottery" by Jack Chipman and Judy Stangler (1982) was the first book to offer an in depth look at Bauer Pottery and is still a good resource. "Collectors Encyclopedia of Bauer Pottery" by Jack Chipman (1998) also reprints the 1928 catalog but you need a magnifying glass to see the "fleur". There is also a privately printed (by Mitch Tuchman) reproduction of the 1928 catalog floating around.

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