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Art Brut Style Lidded Ceramic Box and Tray marked RA 5024

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Posted 4 years ago


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These pieces are another find from a Salvation Army, left to languish on a bottom shelf in the pottery section, encrusted with cooking grease, dust, dirt and cobwebs. I spent quite a bit of time cleaning them up!

I have searched and searched, through books and the Internet, but been unable to identify who the maker is and the time period these are from. Any help here would be greatly - GREATLY - appreciated. I just have to find out who made these. They are among my favorite pieces.

The box is 15.5" long and 6.5" wide. The platter is 14.5" long by 8.5" wide.

It occurred to me that the "T" in "RA 5024-T" (on the lid to the box) could mean "top" and that points to a maker who is English speaking. The box seems to have been used for cooking, evidenced by the severe crazing of the box and the pristine condition of the tray. Also the dark stains on the reverse of the lid look like stains from baking dishes in the oven. The tray is marked on bottom with "RA 2." One day I will learn who made these!

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  1. Linderville, 1 year ago
    Hi there...this is crazy, because i found your pictures while searching for the same lidded piece i saw at a goodwill today...what is nuts, is i already own the other piece you are showing! Did you ever find anything out?
  2. Susi Susi, 1 year ago
    Hello Linderville! Never found any info. Curious to know where the Goodwill is that you saw the box. The Salvation Army thrift where I found me pieces is in Portland, Oregon

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