For sale is a wonderful arts and crafts vessel made by The Hampshire Pottery Company of Keene, NH. The item is called a Carved Leaf and Bud vase and it is done in Hampshire Pottery's matte blue glaze. The vase is a nice cabinet size as it stands 6 3/4" tall and is 4 1/8" in diameter at the shoulder. The foot has a diameter of 2 13/16". The mouth or opening has a diameter of 2 5/16" inside measurement.
The vase displays a great Arts and Crafts pattern of carved leaves with flower buds on a stem separating them. These are done in raised relief. It is considered a tapered shoulder form. The vase has a wonderful deep matte blue glaze. The bottom edge displays that wonderful smooth round bottom edge with some blue glaze. Hampshire Pottery made only 1 version of this very popular form.
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 the incised "Hampshire Pottery" in Script letters along with the letter "M" in a Circle to Honor his Wife "Emoretta". She was the Sister of the founder, James Scollay Taft. There is some spider lines on the bottom. This is not damage as you cannot see them on the inside and you cannot get your fingernail in it. This is quite common with Hampshire Pottery and their waterproofing glaze.
This piece can be dated based on the "M" in a Circle mark. This was the mark that Cadmon Robertson used during his tenure with Hampshire Pottery. This vase was made, circa 1904-1914. Tapered shoulder vases from Hampshire Pottery are becoming very hard to find especially in this particular pattern. I'm quite sure that this pattern was created to compete with Grueby's carved leaves and bud vases. These vases are usually found in the matte cucumber green glaze, you rarely find these in the matt blue glaze!!
This is an excellent example in both form and Glaze. I can honestly say there are no excuses for this wonderful Arts and Crafts Style Vase. This vase would look outstanding on that Stickley arts and crafts style bookcase. I sure the buyer will be quite pleased with their purchase.
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. Thus the nickname "Poor Mans Grueby" was given to this line by the Grueby Pottery collectors. Hampshire Pottery closed after Cadmon Robertson's death in 1914 and reopened again in 1916. They produced Art Pottery until 1917 and then they focused on Dinnerware for Hotels and Restaurants along with Souvenirs until 1923 when Hampshire Pottery Closed permanently.