For sale is a wonderful piece of art pottery made by Epraim 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 8 1/4" tall and is 5 1/2" in diameter. The bottom has a diameter of 4 1/2" in diameter.
The vase depicts a bulbous bottom with a tall cylindrical shape that flares out at the top and is kind of similar to a trumpet shape. This is set against a deep and rich speckled matte green glazed body. The vase is further decorated with carved and tooled broad leaves along the bottom. These leaves reach up into the vase about 25%. The detail is just outstanding and the glaze is very similar to Hampshire Pottery's matte cucumber green glaze.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The vase is signed on the bottom with impressed "EPRAIM FAIENCE POTTERY" in a circle cipher mark. It is to my understanding that this form is a retired and the signature mark is considered the earliest of all the marks they used. I would say this piece was made circa 1996-1997 based on this mark according to the Ephraim Pottery archives. This was the very beginning for them and considered the earliest of their vases they produced.
Further research has yielded that this vase was known as Trumpet Vase #728 in Ephraim catalog. It was retired on January 15, 2001 with only 61 ever being made (Ephraim Faience Pottery Historical Catalog Listing). This is a very low production for an arts & crafts pattern and I feel a great investment for the future. How many will survive in 30+ years??