Dinnerware could serve up $225-$300


January 15, 1995|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: We have a pottery dinner set, service for four, which was made in the 1940s or 1950s. Each piece is marked with the figure of a rooster and the words "Sascha Brastoff." It looks as though each piece was dipped in silver.

A: In 1953, with the backing of mentor and benefactor Winthrop Rockefeller, Sascha Brastoff launched his studio in Los Angeles. He personally designed each piece, and then he carefully supervised the production carried out by his trained employees. Pieces hand-painted by Brastoff were marked with his full name. Those made by his artisans were signed "Sascha B." The chanticleer was used as a trademark with the signature.

Some ware featured a marbleized treatment, usually in pink and gold or silver. His work was characterized as innovative and unconventional. In 1963 the firm ceased operations. Brastoff died in 1993. The value of your pottery dinnerware would probably be about $225 to $300.

Q: I have a clear glass Heisey water pitcher. It holds around three quarts and the pattern is "Puritan." Please tell me what it is worth.

A: Your Heisey pitcher would probably be worth about $120 to $125 in mint condition.

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