For sale is an adorable piece of art pottery made by the Weller Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio. The pattern is the ever popular "Coppertone" and this is considered a figural vase or vessel. This piece measures approximately 4" tall, 4 1/4" in length and 3 1/2" deep.
A favorite among the Coppertone collectors, the piece depicts a frog clinging to a water lily or Lotus blossom while sitting on a lily pad. The detail on this frog makes him look like he could jump any minute! The frog has a moss green background with tan/copper mottling through out. His eyes and mouth have careful detailing to complete this handsome fellow. The lily pad background is a wonderful deep moss green. This piece has a good deal of copper mottling throughout.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. There is crazing inside the lily pad and some dark staining from use. This is quite common with this cream glaze on this particular form. It does not take away from its value. In fact, I actually think it enhances the realism. The piece is signed on the underside bottom with "Weller Pottery" incised script signature mark. There is also the number 12 written in a green glaze. This is most likely the finishers mark.
I have had over 100 Coppertone pieces in my 45+ years as a dealer and collector. I have had the finishing number 12 on about 99% of these. This tells me that this finisher worked for many, many years at Weller Pottery and processed a great deal of their Coppertone line.
This vase was made circa 1926-1935.