The Three Little Pigs animated Short was based on the fable of the same name and released as a Silly Symphony in 1933. It swept the world by storm due to the Depression and won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
It starred Practical Pig, Fiddler Pig, and of course, Fifer Pig:
Now although Fifer Pig is best known for building things out of straw, he has changed over to using ceramic clay for this planter.
Lusterware is a type of pottery or porcelain with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence. It is produced by metallic oxides in an overglaze finish, which is given a second firing at a lower temperature.
This planter sports a simple design but does have some nice bright colours. I like that it has ‘Made in Japan’ imbedded in the side of the base as well as printed on the bottom. It likely dates from the 1940s.
Disney collectibles are generally more valuable if they are made in Japan as compared to China or other places. It indicates an earlier production date and usually better quality of mold and paint.
Times change and so I have another old ceramic collectible featuring Fifer Pig: An ashtray! Check it out, you’ll be glad you did, but please don’t smoke ’em even if ya got ’em!