Locations: Los Angeles
Dates of Operation: 1940s - 1958
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay

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2009.11.23 Yona Figurine
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I’ve seen a considerable amount of Yona Ceramics pieces in my thrift store and estate sale travels. But I haven’t really picked up any of them yet, simple because they’re just not my cup of tea. A majority of the pieces are goldleaf glazed “asian-inspired” figurines which were popular at the time - but I think they just look plain garish.

I’ve seen some differing opinions as to when Yona was first started up - as early as 1935 and late as 1946. think it’s pretty safe to say that’s the time range where they first began. Yona Lippin was actually a former Hedi Schoop decorator. Like the employees of many of the early California potteries, she later decided to start her own business since it was so lucrative back in the day. Indeed, many people say her work owes a huge debt to her time with working with Schoop’s enterprise.

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Yona started the company with her husband Max and produced various giftware, figurines and dinnerware up until around 1968. As said before, many of the items employ a huge amount of metallic glaze in gold, copper and silver gilding. Many of her items are also handpainted, and some of the earlier ones featured lace or flower detail decorations that were applied by hand later on.

The pottery was located on San Fernando Road, north of Dodger Stadium. I’ve found the exact address - it now seems to be occupied by a “Tyner Paving Co.” Maybe I’ll take a drive down there and see if they have any information about Yona.

There is a large popular line of Yona’s from the 1950s that was largely inspired by The King and I, featuring Siamese figures. A large portion of these items were actually designed by The Claysmiths’ Will Climes, but decorated by Yona and her workers. Lane and Co. and Maddux of California also produced some similar items.

I did pick up the above Yona covered dish from an estate sale, just in order to get an example for the gallery and for the backstamp. A note on the stamps - the one I have looks like it was handpainted or drawn on in gold paint by a worker. Many of the other pieces I’ve seen have a similar mark - most seem to say only “Yona”. However, I’ve seen a larger low console bowl that have a gold stamping that said “Yona Ceramics” that is not handpainted. Also, some pieces do not have any marks at all - especially those that were part of a larger set.

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Shafford Yona Original Collectible 1950's Clown Bar Decanter Bottles - Set of 3
Current Price: $85.00
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Lot of 2 YONA Clowns
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Yona Baraschi Medium Knit Dress $328
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Yona Candy Dish
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Nuts & Mints Dish Country Club Designed by YONA
Current Price: $15.00
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VINTAGE YONA CLOWN SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS
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YONA ORIGINAL CLOWN WITH UMBRELLA - PORCELAIN (5 INCHES x 3.5 INCHES)
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Vintage Christmas Yona Originals Ceramic Caroller Ornament with hanger - Japan
Current Price: $9.95
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VINTAGE COUNTRY CLUB YONA SHAFFORD JAPAN JEEVES BUTLER NAPKIN HOLDER
Current Price: $34.95
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YONA ! BEAR PAW WAR SHIELD ~ HAND CREATED ~ DETAILED ~ L@@K!
Current Price: $59.95
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Vintage Framed Pastel Picture of A Woman and Baby signed Yona Grinberg
Current Price: $69.99
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Guess Yona Womens Size 8 Pink Open Toe Platforms Sandals Shoes
Current Price: $25.99
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VINTAGE YONA CALIFORNIA POTTERY FIGURINE VICTORIAN DRESS WITH BASKET
Current Price: $15.00
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Vintage YONA ORIGINAL Porcelain Ceramic Child's Switchplate Cover wANGELS 1956
Current Price: $21.60
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