Commemorative California/Pomona Pottery Sculpture signed F. Schmohl c 1915
Measuring 9" x 5" x 5", an exquisitely modeled California goddess, two bears flanking what must be the goddess Pomona (all those flowers and fruit) or a very relaxed and undressed version of the Minerva we find in the California State Seal. So perhaps the City of Pomona is being represented at either of the great California expositions of 1915. Or maybe Minerva and the State of California are really pitching the California orange grove and pretty girls story. Either way, it works: this is a delicious piece.
Probably executed by Schmohl for the 1915 San Diego Exposition and produced by the Batchelder or even Richmond Potteries.
Bruce Kamerling in The Journal Of San Diego History writes: "The only other sculptors whose names can be conclusively linked to the San Diego exposition are Henrick L. Carlson (1859-1944) who served as Director of Foreign Arts, and Fred C. Schmohl (1847-1922) and Henry R. Schmohl (n.d.) who were listed in the San Diego directory for 1913 as a modeler and a plasterer. Little is known about Henry Schmohl, but Fred worked on expositions in Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco. Living in Los Angeles, Fred also produced two enormous dragons for the Dragon Gorge amusement park at Venice, California, about 1907. Henry is credited with the ornamentation on the Indian Arts Building (now House of Charm) and the high relief bust of Junipero Serra formerly on the Food Products building and now on display in the sculpture court at the Casa del Prado."
Fred C. Schmohl
Born in Württemberg, Germany on Aug. 1, 1846. Schmohl was in St Joseph, MO from the 1870s until moving to California in 1909. He was active in San Francisco and San Diego during the expositions of 1915. He died in Los Angeles on July 30, 1922. Exh: World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; PPIE, 1915; Panama-Calif. Expo (San Diego), 1915. In: Casa del Prado, San Diego (Junípero Serra).