For sale is a wonderful piece of art pottery made by the Terra Cotta Tile Company (TECO) of Terra Cotta, Illinois which was near Chicago. I have a beautiful matte green Poppy Flower bud vase. The vase is rather large as it stands 9 3/8" tall and 4 3/4" in diameter at the bottom. The top opening is tall and is 4 5/8" in diameter at its widest point. The top opening is 1 9/16" in diameter inside measurements.
The vase displays a matte green glaze that Teco Pottery was so well known for. Their matte green glaze is a medium green with char-coaling undertones and this glaze is as unique as the Pottery Company itself. The vase has that organic shape of a Poppy Bud flower as you would see in nature. This vase was designed by the founder "W.D. Gates". The vase has a very pleasing form and is considered to be one of the harder to come by shapes collected by Teco Pottery collectors.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is a small pimple or inclusion (particle of sand) trapped under the glaze on the exterior and considered insignificant. There is also 3 areas on the bottom where you can see it was on stilts as some of the glazed area shows where it pull off. The piece is signed on the bottom with Teco's infamous "T" with the "eco" underneath the right side of the T. The form also has the indented ring where this mark lies within. This is the sign of an original Teco as the fakes do not have this same bottom. The exterior bottom underside edge is ground smooth and is very similar to Hampshire Pottery's method of finishing the pieces of pottery. It also has its shape number "285" impressed into the bottom below the Teco impressed mark as well.
Teco exemplifies pottery of the "Prairie School" Arts and Crafts movement of which Frank Lloyd Wright made so popular. In 1886 the Gates Pottery was established as a subsidiary with William D. Gates as its president. Gates used the facilities to experiment with clay and glazes in an effort to design a line of art pottery which led to the introduction of Teco Pottery (TErra COtta) in 1902. This is a quality piece of art pottery made by one of the Arts and Crafts movement most important potters. Teco competed heavily against Grueby and Fulper for this once flourishing market.
This is a rather hard to find shape as the collectors don't let these go to often. This piece of Teco is known as shape #285 and was called the Egyptian vase in the Teco catalog pages. This vase was designed my W.B. Mundie and is considered very early as it was made, circa 1902-1910. It sold for $3.00 express prepaid in their 1905 catalog.