Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sunset Magazine - June 2008

Keen-eyed Bauer fans may have already seen a little flash of color on the cover of the June 2008 Sunset magazine in the form of a 6" Flower Pot in Chartreuse. The same image makes an appearance on page 56 of the magazine.

For those of you not adept at Where's Waldo or spotting the rabbit head, we've blown up the small section of the image where the Flower Pot appears.

It took slightly less than 70 years for Bauer to make a return appearance to the cover of Sunset. Take a look at this piece of history from the August 1939 issue of Sunset magazine.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Vintage Bauer - Bean Pot #2

Mary wrote us inquiring about this piece, which she picked up at a garage sale.

Looking through a couple books, I found images of similar pieces, though not the exact same one.

Jeffrey B. Snyder's Beautiful Bauer: A Pictorial Study with Prices has images of similar pieces (p.44), but they either have two handles or no handles at all. Both styles are from the Plainware line, from the early 1930s. The double-handled piece was available in 4.5", 5.5" and 6" sizes. The version with no handles is pictured in the 4.5" size.

Jack Chipman's Collector's Encyclopedia of Bauer Pottery has an image of the double-handled piece (p.38) that is described as a 2-quart Bean Pot, which looks to be about 5.5" to 6" tall. Chipman notes that though the Plainware line pre-dated the Ringware line, the Ringware was so popular that by 1941 only a few Plainware pieces were still in production. Among them was the Bean Pot.

All that said, I still don't have a reference for a single-handled Bean Pot. Do any of you collectors out there have anything to add about this piece? If so, please click on the "Comments" link below and share it with us all.

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