For sale is a tall art pottery vase made by The Hampshire Pottery Company of Keene, NH. The vase is call a "Tied Sack" vase and it is done in Hampshire Pottery's most famous matte cucumber green glaze. The vase is rather tall as it stands and impressive 11 1/8" tall and has a diameter of approximately 6 1/4" at its widest point at the top.
The vase has a nice cucumber matte green glaze that gives this piece that organic arts and crafts look. The vase resembles that of a cloth bag that has its contents inside tied with another piece of cloth made into a bow. I am simply amazed that the delicate ruffle top has survived almost 100 years without any damage. The glaze is extremely similar to Grueby and Weller glazes I have seen in the past.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There are some inconsistencies in the glaze as you can see darker areas like char-coaling and some lighter spotting in the glaze. The vase is signed with the impressed "Hampshire" stamped signature along with the M in a Circle mark. The Hampshire Pottery with the M in a circle mark was used from 1904-1914 during Cadmon Robertson's tenure. This mark was used to honer his wife "Emoretta". She was the sister of the founder of Hampshire Pottery which was James Scollay Taft.
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.
This is a rather hard to find form. To find one with no damage is a real treat!! This will make a wonderful addition to any matte green collection of art pottery and would look great on that Stickley Mission arts and crafts bookcase. This piece was made circa 1904-1914.