For sale is a lovely art pottery vase made by Ephraim Pottery of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. I have a wonderful vase that is influenced by Grueby Pottery of Boston, Mass. The vase is a nice size as it stands 7 5/8" tall and is 5 1/2" in diameter. The bottom has a diameter of 3 5/8" in diameter.
The vase depicts a pentagon or 5 sided shape on a deep and rich matte green glazed body. The vase is decorated with vertical tooled leaves that are further accented with flower buds growing between the leaves from the shoulder of the vessel to just under the top. These buds are glazed with green stems and yellow buds. The detail is just outstanding as you can see veining in both the leaves and the buds as well as the decorative ribbing along the out edges of the leaves.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is some glaze pin pops along the bottom in 2 areas. The vase is signed on the bottom with impressed "EPHRAIM FAIENCE POTTERY" in a circle cipher mark. It is to my understanding that this is a retired form and considered the earliest of all the marks they used.
A Ephraim collector with more knowledge of Ephraim Pottery informed me that this vase was called The Ginger Lily Star vase and was number 708 in their catalog. It was retired in May 2001 and only 131 were produced. I would say this piece was made circa 1996-2001. This was the very beginning for them and considered the earliest of their vases they produced.