For sale is a cute piece of art pottery made by The Hampshire Pottery of Keene, New Hampshire. The form is call a "creamer" and it has the very desirable matte cucumber green glaze. The creamer measures 4 1/4" wide from outside handle to tip of spout, and the body is 3" in diameter at its widest point. The piece stands 2" tall.
The creamer displays that wonderful rich cucumber matte green glaze that made Hampshire Pottery famous. The creamer has a raised ring pattern. It has 2 rows of rings along the bottom and 1 row at the top. It has an applied handle that somewhat resembles a twig. It has an outstanding matte cucumber green glaze that resembles real cucumber skin. The inside has a gloss gloss on white to green waterproofing glaze. The green glaze runs on the inside is outstanding.
This creamer is considered to be in excellent condition free of post production nicks, chips, dings and hairlines. There is a grinding chip along the bottom. This is not damage as it was made this way. The creamer is signed on the bottom with Hampshire Pottery earliest incised block lettering mark which reads "J.S.T. & CO. KEENE, N.H." The abbreviated was for its founder, James Scollay Taft. This bowl has that nicely ground bottom along with Hampshire Pottery's white clay bottom.
This piece can be dated based on this mark. Since Cadmon Robertson didn't start working at Hampshire Pottery till 1904 as there is no M in a circle mark. This piece would predate this time frame. Also Hampshire Pottery was producing matte green glazes 7 years before Grueby Pottery was and Grueby started in 1898. This would date this little gem to have been made circa 1891-1903. I have never seen another one of the little mate green creamers by Hampshire Pottery in my 43+ years as a collector. It is known as shape number 201 in the Hampshire Pottery catalog. I can comfortable say with authority that this form in matte green is considered rare!! This will make a wonderful addition to any matte green pottery collection of art pottery and would look great on or in 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.