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Red Wing Candleholders and Compote Set - Fleck Zephyr Pink - 1950's
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Red Wing Candleholders and Compote Set - Fleck Zephyr Pink - 1950's
Red Wing Candleholders and Compote Set - Fleck Zephyr Pink - 1950's
Red Wing Candleholders and Compote Set - Fleck Zephyr Pink - 1950's
Red Wing Candleholders and Compote Set - Fleck Zephyr Pink - 1950's

The name Red Wing, in the world of pottery, means something different to various collectors. To some, it means Crocks. Big crocks, small crocks and everything in between. To others, it may mean Dinnerware and Kitchenware that is unique, with distinctive shapes, patterns and bold colors. And finally, there are those of us who love Red Wing for the vast array of Artware. Artware features a fascinating variety of styles and glazes in function and decorative pieces of pottery.

Aptly named, Red Wing Pottery had its earliest beginnings in Red Wing, Minnesota in the very late 1860's. After a fire in 1870, it reopened under the Red Wing name in 1872 and continued to expand and prosper through the next nearly 100 years. Red Wing closed its manufacturing doors in 1967. It is possible to place approximate dates on some items, due to the introduction of a particular glaze or mold; however, we are only able here to make our best guesses as to the ages of our pieces.

We have a number of Red Wing pottery items from the Artware category. This three piece set is just a part of them:

This matched group is an example of a Small Compote and a Pair of Candleholders. They are representative of the Artware items introduced and produced in about the mid 1950's. The glaze on these pieces is what lends a unique appearance to the set, as it is a dusty pink with flecks (perhaps of a light brown), to give it a distinctive character. The glaze had its own special name and was called Fleck Zephyr Pink. I have no idea where the term Zephyr came from; it did not turn up in my research. However, this interesting glaze application serves as a further example of how Red Wing sought to continually provide their consumers with fresh looks through shapes, color combinations and glaze variations.

The pedestal style compote, served as a centerpiece bowl, so popular back then for fruit, etc. It was created from the # M 5007 mold, the M designating a Charles Murphy design. There were two different versions of this compote, identical except for the size. This one is the smaller of the two, measuring 4-1/4 inches tall. The top of the bowl area is 7 inches in diameter, and the base is 3-3/4 inches across. My closest measurement would put the depth of the bowl at 1-5/8 inches. The candleholders are marked with a 1593 design number, embossed on the bottom, along with the Red Wing USA They measure 4-3/4 inches across the top and stand 1-5/8 inches high. All three pieces are in lovely condition. I find no damage or signs of wear at all. As with our other Red Wing items, I think they were previously gently used and or displayed, but definitely cared for.

We offer our thanks to the Red Wing collectors website, who helped us to properly identify this set, as well as another mysterious piece we had encountered.

I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures, or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.
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