For sale is a nice piece of art pottery made by The Hampshire Pottery Company of Keene, NH. The item is called a large creamer and it is done in Hampshire Pottery's most desirable frothy matte blue glaze. The creamer is a large size as it is 6 7/8" in diameter outside handle tip of spout measurement. It stands 3" tall and the foot has a diameter of 4 3/8".
The creamer displays a wide low form with and ear shaped applied handle and a "V" pointed spout. This creamer has an outstanding frothy or mottled matte blue glaze. It is one of the nicest mottled blue glazes I have seen ever on Hampshire Pottery creamer. That says a lot as I live here in New Hampshire.
This creamer is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. There is a minor glaze pins pops all over the vessel and is quite common with this glaze. There are none that are obtrusive. These are real tiny like the head of a pin. This is factory as it was made this way. The piece is signed on the bottom with the incised script "Hampshire Pottery" signature mark along with the M in a circle mark. According to my early Hampshire Pottery catalog reprint booklet of 1916 they made this form in only this size and it was known as shape number 51 in the catalog.
Since this creamer has the "M" in a circle I can date it. The "M" in a circle mark was used during Cadmon Robertson's tenure with Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914. He was their chemist and helped to develop over 900 different glazes. This mark was used to honor his wife "Emoretta". She was the sister of the founder, James Scollay Taft. This will make a wonderful addition to any matte blue pottery collection of art pottery. It would look great on that Stickley, mission arts and crafts bookcase.
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. Thus the nickname "Poor Man's Grueby" was given to this line by the Grueby Pottery collectors. Hampshire Pottery closed after Cadmon Robertson's death in 1914 and reopened again in 1916. They produced art pottery until 1917 and then they focused on dinnerware for hotels and restaurants along with souvenirs until 1923 when Hampshire Pottery closed permanently.