Viktor Schreckengost ( American, 1906 - 2008 )
Salem China Company ( American, 1898 )
- designed 1943
Viktor Schreckengost designed the Victory line of earthenware, one of his most successful shapes, for the Salem China Company which produced inexpensive pottery that were sold in both stores and mail-order catalogues in the 1930s. The highly geometric composition of Victory earthernware reflects the impact of French art deco design and American streamlining. The design features parallel ridges that encircle the line's hollowware as well as loop handles and finials as seen on this coffeepot. According to Schreckengost, the fluting and rings seen on these shapes were intended to give ornament without increasing costs, since these elements were produced during the casting process and did not have to be added by hand.
Charles L. Venable, China and Glass in America 1880-1980 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 451 and 452.