National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Pennsylvania German Pie Plate Pennsylvania German Pie Plate
Rendered by Elmer G. Anderson (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 38.5 x 34.1 cm (15 3/16 x 13 7/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 13 3/8" in diameter
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Pottery from the Index of American Design
Object 6 of 17

Sgraffito and slip decoration are expertly combined on this Pennsylvania German plate. The design, a central, eight-pointed star surrounded by a balanced arrangement of tulip sprays and geometric motifs, is delineated by firmly drawn sgraffito lines. In addition, the potter has scraped away areas of the yellow slip coating to reveal the red clay underneath and has filled the corresponding spaces in the design with touches of green slip, brushed on over the light background. By deftly blending his decorative methods, the potter has produced a varied and colorful design.

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