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American Bisque Turnabout Bear Cookie Jar from 1950s


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This is a wonderful cookie jar probably made by American Bisque in the 1950s. We say probably because it could have been made by American Pottery, or even Ludowici Celadon. You'll find it on page 79 of "The Complete Cookie Jar Book", which will explain a little bit about the twisted history of these companies and this jar. It is made in the shape of a figural bear. However, on one side of the head, it's a boy. On the other, it's a girl. The body is also set up this way, so you can turn the head to fit the body, which is why this was also called a "four in one" jar. It is 12 1/2 inches tall. 

As you can see in the photos, it has some issues, but is generally in good condition. There's some general crazing of the body, and few stress cracks in the glaze around the rim. One does seem to go to the inside of the piece. Most of the cold lacquer paint is gone, and it's been too close when someone was painting a room gray. We've included photos of all the major defects. Even so, it's a cute piece, and has a nice presence on the shelf. The unique design is sure to be a conversation stater. Perhaps you might even consider a repaint. Most examples of this type have had that done.

Interesting piece with character when it's sitting on the counter or shelf.

  • Model: Antique708-AmericanBisqueTurnabo
  • 1 Units in Stock

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