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Item/Description: Vintage 1973 delightfully charming and quite rare Blanchard Productions, Arizona oversized green whale ceramic pottery decorative figural kitchen sink sponge-holder/soap dish.
***The two (2) holes situated inside his huge, gaping mouth are so subtly positioned as to not detract from his alternative potential display as a decorative figural object d’ art as opposed to utilizing him for his originally intended purpose as an attractive kitchen accessory.
***His underside retains a yellow plastic stopper which can be removed so as to drain any excess liquid accumulation from inside him if/when he is used to hold a kitchen sponge or steel wool scouring pad.
Age/Period: Vintage - 1973 (1970s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Underbelly of whale is marked “1973 Blanchard Productions - Made in Ariz. U.S.A.”
Material(s)/Format: Glazed ceramic art pottery.
Size/Measurements: 8 ½”L x nearly 5"H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Excellent, remaining vividly colorful and evincing no breaks, cracks or repairs, with only noted condition factors being a bit of paint loss to the very tip of his tail on the right side, revealing the ceramic grazed surface beneath; a tiny pin prick-sized nick in the paint in the corner of the left side of his mouth; and a tiny paint surface nick a few inches from the previous nick, on his lower lip