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Item: 1804 Hampshire Pottery Arts & Crafts Design, Blue Squat Vase, Indian Influence~~
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For Sale is a wonderful Arts and Crafts Design Vase made by Hampshire Pottery of Keene, NH. The shape is known as a "Squat" Form. The Vase is a nice size as it stands 2 1/4" tall and is 5 3/4" in diameter at its widest point. The mouth or opening of the Vase is 2 1/4" in diameter.
The Vase has a wonderful Deep Matte Blue Glaze that is pretty uniform throughout. The top lip has nice mottling along its opening. The Vase displays a very pleasing Arts and Crafts design of what looks to be a Greek Key Pattern or an American Indian Motif. The Bottom edge displays that beautiful ground down, smooth round bottom edge. This is a trademark of Hampshire Pottery.
The Vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The vase is signed on the bottom with the raised mark "Hamhshire Pottery." in Script letters along with the letter "M" in a Circle to Honor his Wife "Emoretta". She was the Sister of the founder, James Scollay Taft. There is also the mold or pattern number "19/2" in raised relief as well. Please note the misspelling of Hampshire, where the small letter "p" should be there is a small letter "h". The small letter "h" has a longer tail than normal. I have had only 1 other piece of Art Pottery by Hampshire Pottery with this misspelled signature mark in my 38+ years as a collector and dealer.
Hampshire Pottery started producing Matte Glazes in 1891. This was 7 years earlier than their main Competitor Grueby Faience of Boston, Mass. Hampshire Pottery resembles the style of Grueby but were much more affordable as they were mold made pieces as opposed to hand thrown.
This piece can be dated based on the "M" in a Circle mark. This was the mark that Cadmon Robertson used during his tenure with Hampshire Pottery. This vase was made, circa 1904-1914. Matte Blue Arts and Crafts Designed Vases are becomming very hard to find. It seems that the collectors really hang on to these beauties The uniqueness of this Glaze and Design would make this a Great Addition to one's Hampshire Pottery Collection. It would also look outstanding on that Stickley Arts and Crafts Style Bookcase. I'm quite sure the buyer will be very pleased pleased with their purchase.