For sale is a wonderful arts and crafts shaped piece of art pottery made by Hampshire Pottery of Keene, NH. The piece is known as a "chamber stick- chamberstick" or candlestick . The chamber stick is a nice size as it stands 3 1/4" to the top of the handle and is 7 1/8" wide and 3 1/2" deep.
The chamber stick has a wonderful matte cucumber green glaze that is pretty uniform throughout. The chamber stick displays gravy boat shape with a large looped handle on the back side. The candle holder in the middle is similar in appearance to classic urn shape vase and acts as a receiver for the candle. This receiver rises up and above the side of the vessel and has a wonderful arts and crafts shape.
The chamber stick is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The candlestick is signed on the bottom with the incised "Hampshire Pottery" in script letters along with the M in a circle mark. The "M" in a circle mark was used to honor Cadmon Robertson's wife "Emoretta". She was the sister of the founder, James Scollay Taft. Cadmon Robertson was the head chemist for the glazes and ran Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914.
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 will make a wonderful addition to any matte green pottery collection of art pottery and would look great on that Stickley, mission, arts and crafts bookcase.
This is such a delicate piece. It is amazing that this candlestick has survived 100 years without any damage. This piece can be dated based on the "M" in a circle mark. This mark was used by Cadmon Robertson during his tenure with Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914.