Large Vintage Chalkware Painted Pig
Circa 1950s American painted chalkware pig. These figurines date back as far as the 1800s and were often used as …
moreCirca 1950s American painted chalkware pig. These figurines date back as far as the 1800s and were often used as carnival prizes. Chalkware is composed of plaster of Paris (a mold, in this example). Since it is unfired, unlike a glaze, its colors are exposed, and the coatings offer little protection. Hence, these pieces are easy chipped / broken, given the fragile quality of materials. Wear is accepted and expected with pieces of this material.
In this case, there is normal soiling / flaking / chipping / paint loss, as shown. The wear does not detract from the charm of the piece: the whimsical representation of the pig with pops of color (red, green, black, and red) and the relatively large size combine to make this a wonderful Mid-Century example of chalkware. Note that there is a coin slot, but no exit hole. These were intended to be broken once full in order to retrieve the coins. "Vico" is etched into the side (easy to miss). Likely, the artist's signature.
We have many chalkware animals and figurines from the 19th and 20th centuries listed separately, so check out our other items. less
- 12.5ʺW × 8ʺD × 7.75ʺH
- Mid-Century Modern
- Place of Origin
- United States of America
- Item Type
- Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
- Good Condition, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- soiling, chipping, as shown soiling, chipping, as shown less
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