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Bennington Potters David Gil #1540 Owl bank

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Circa: 1955-1960
Manufacturer: David Gil, Bennington Potters, Cooperative Design, Bennington, VT

Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont. It is from the 1955-1960 period. Bennington by Gil started in 1948 . They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. They made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores but this is an earlier more studio inspired piece.

Marked #1540 this is a stylized owl in a highly abstract style. David Gil designed a series of animal banks, including a hippo, an owl and a lion. Like Glidden Parker under whom he studied at Alfred University in the early 1940s, Gil used various animal motifs often on his ware, though most are two dimensional representations. This fun and funky owl stands 5 1/2 inches tall to the tip of its ears. the lower portion of the bank is unglazed with some impressed triangles to symbolize the rest of the owl's body. The head is glazed in one of the original Cooperative Design glazes. It has the original red plastic cork to seal the opening on the bottom. It is signed Cooperative Design Bennington VT which places it before 1960-61 as that was the time when Gil included the new Bennington Potters name in a transitional mark.

this bank is in excellent condition with no damage. I have priced this Sitting Owl bank very fairly. It would make a stunning sculptural piece on a McCobb or Eames era credenza or coffee table.

David Gil was featured in the publication Vermont Life in its Winter 1961 issue. In an eight page spread with one full color image and 13 black and white images, there is a full history of the founding of the pottery along with great visual references of the ware being made at that time. One can see the iconic designs of Yusuke Aida, especially the double trigger mug and coffeepot along with other fascinating items. A great reference!



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