It’s springtime! With animals once again merrily frolicking, that means it’s the perfect time to answer a question from our “CAS Collectors Mailbag” about a hard-to-find duo,  the “Mother Horse & Spring Colt”.


Dear CAS Collectors:


I am a generalist collector of pottery animals, and was wondering about a horse figurine I recently purchased. Although unmarked, it made both the seller and I think of CAS. Could it possibly be? Please don’t say “neigh”!




Dear Winnie:


Rest easy: your figurine is indeed by Ceramic Arts Studio. She’s the Mother Horse, released in 1953. Although the designer of the Mother Horse is not given in the CAS catalog, principal designer Betty Harrington credited the figurine to Ulle Cohen. Ulle, a war refugee, worked at the Studio for a short time in the 1950s, and was known for his modernistic, detailed animal figurines. He used the design name “Rebus”, a fitting choice since a “rebus” is a pictorial riddle, and little is known about Mr. Cohen’s life before and after his Studio tenure.


The Mother Horse is somewhat difficult to find, and a figurine in mint condition can fetch up to $200. Even rarer is her accompanying Spring Colt, also in the same price range. In fact, the Colt is so seldom seen that for our book, Ceramic Arts Studio: The Legacy of Betty Harrington, we had to use a photo of a Japanese copy, as no CAS-made Colt could be found to photograph. Lucky you, for finding half of the pair!


And once again, the ties of the “CAS Collectors Mailbag” are drawn tightly closed. If you have a CAS-related-question, please send it to the attention of Editor Don Johnson ( He’ll do his best to come up with the – hopefully correct – answer!



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