For sale is a wonderful piece of art pottery made by The Hampshire Pottery of Keene, New Hampshire. The form is call a "Waterlily" planter or bowl and it has the very desirable mat cucumber green glaze. The planter measures 4 1/2" wide, 3 3/4" wide from outside bud to outside bud, and it stands 2 1/4" tall.
The planter displays that wonderful rich cucumber matte green glaze that made Hampshire Pottery famous. The planter has an oval shaped embossed pattern of a water lily flower with short leaves surrounding the bottom. It has an outstanding matte cucumber green glaze that resembles real cucumber skin. The form is well detailed. The inside has a gloss gloss on white to green waterproofing glaze.
This planter is considered to be in excellent condition free of nicks, chips, dings and hairlines. There is a firing line on the bottom. This is not a crack and is very common with Hampshire Pottery pieces. The bowl is signed on the bottom with "Hampshire" in block lettering and raised relief. It also has the mold number "109" and the letter "M" in a circle raised mark. This bowl has that nicely ground bottom along with Hampshire Pottery's white clay bottom.
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. 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 Pottery collection of Art Pottery and 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.