Locations: El Monte, San Marcos
Dates of Operation: 1927 - 1980
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13" vtg CERAMIC GOLD LEAF ELEPHANT FIGURINE STATUE USA Anthony Freeman McFarlin?
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Freeman & McFarlin Mid-Century California Pottery 9.75" Vase Signed Anthony 310
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Vintage pottery Ceramic Mouse by Anthony Freeman McFarlin signed 1970
Current Price: $52.00
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1950's Vintage Freeman & McFarlin Potteries Parrot #191 Figurine 9" H Foil Tag
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1950's Vintage Freeman & McFarlin Potteries Parrot Figurine 11" H ***REPAIRED
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VTG RARE SET 3 FREEMAN MCFARLIN CALIFORNIA POTTERY BIG EYE OWL XL 9" & 7" & 5.5"
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Vintage Freeman-McFarlin Originals Dish - Ashtray
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VTG. SET 2 FREEMAN MCFARLIN CALIFORNIA POTTERY WHITE GLAZE OWL FIGURINE 9" & 6"
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Vintage Freeman McFarlin Bobel Head Mouse Big Ears by Shaner EUC
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Mid Century Freeman McFarlin California Art Pottery Candle Holders Green
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Freeman McFarlin Original Turquoise Gray Tan Pottery Ashtray Mid Century Modern
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CALIFORNIA POTTERY FREEMAN MCFARLIN FINE ARTS FISH SHAPED DIVIDED SERVING DISH
Current Price: $48.00
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Freeman-McFarlin Pottery 1951-1980 Collector Guide Animal Figurines Vases & More
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Vintage FREEMAN & McFARLIN Gold Leaf Koi FISH by Anthony #348 w/Original Sticker
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Freeman McFarlin - Potteries of California

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of most of the Freeman McFarlin Potteries pieces. Many of their items, which often focus on animal and human figurines, just seem so tacky, over the top and garish to me. However, I think that’s the point for many people who collect it. I know that their gold leaf items are also sought after. I like some of their more midcentury modern looking items plus some of the vases, but I have to admit that I bought the candlesticks shown above primarily for the backstamp and to have an example for the site.

One thing to note about this company is the discrepancies in how people label the company. I’ve seen many different spellings, especially of McFarlin as “MacFarlane”, “MacFarlin”, “McFarlane”, “McFarlan”, or “MacFarlen”. I believe the actual name (from the stamp on the pieces I have) was Freeman & McFarlin Potteries, but we’ve omitted the ampersand and the word “potteries” for convenience.

The pottery came together fully in the 1940s, after Maynard Anthony Freeman joined Gerald H. McFarlin’s pottery business; the latter had been the head of several art-related businesses previously, while Freeman became the designer side of the business. The plant was located in El Monte. As mentioned, the earlier business focused on animals (Chipman lists a whole host of animals and gives detailed pictures of many models in his book).

The company used a number of different designers freelance and inhouse, most notably Kay Finch. After Finch’s factory closed in the 60s, Freeman-McFarlin bought out several of the mold designs and continued producing them in various treatments. Finch also did original designs for them in the 60s-70s on a freelance basis. One of the things that the company was very good at was repurposing or “imitating” successful lines from other California potteries (such as Jaru or Monterey’s Monterey Jade). But then, EVERYONE was doing that to try and survive, so you can’t really fault the company.

They added a second factory in San Marcos. By the time the El Monte location closed in the 70s, the company was in different hands - it finally ended up as part of Hagen-Renaker in the 80s.

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