A beautiful, aged and antique Munising bowl with hand-painted leaves and fruit motif of pear, plum, apple and a hint of grapes. These bowls were made in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Munising Woodenware Company between 1911 and 1955. Each vessel was machine-lathed of hardwood, usually maple, from nearby forests and, in the 1940s, bowls began to be painted with decorations such as fruit or flowers. Sometimes artists signed their name by hiding it in the decoration though I didn't note that here. Munising produced household pieces such as butter molds, spoons and breadboards yet only the bowls were among the few pieces branded with the company's name. NOTE: As might be expected in a vintage piece, there is wear and tear with a substantial water stain on the base of the bowl, see image #5. Does not detract from bowl's usefulness, it has incredible patina contributing to its primitive folk and rustic appeal.
Care instructions: Given the nature of this antique piece, use proper care when treating and handling the bowl. Store away from direct sunlight and do not expose to extreme heart or cold. Wash with hot water and gentle dishwashing liquid. Dry immediately without letting it soak.
- 11.25" diameter
- 3.25" depth
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