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 shoulder vase. This vase is a nice cabinet size as it stands 4 3/8" tall and is 3 1/2" in diameter at the shoulder. The top opening is 1 3/8" in diameter inside measurement.
The vase displays a medium matte green glaze that Teco Pottery was so well known for. Their matte green glaze is a medium green with char-coaling color within. This glaze color is as unique as the pottery company itself. The vase has that classical Greek shape of a tapered swollen shoulder form with a small opening in the top to receive flowers. This vase was designed by the founder "W.D. Gates". This vase has a very pleasing form and is considered to be one of the most popular shapes collected by Teco Pottery collectors.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. This is a an area on the top lip that is light in the glaze and you can just barely see the clay beneath. The piece is signed twice on the bottom with Teco's infamous "T" with the "eco" underneath the right side of the T. There is also the numbers "200" written in green glaze along the bottom ring. This form also has the indented ring where the Teco mark lies. This is the sign of an original Teco as the fakes do not have this same bottom.
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 clays 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 very pleasing shape to collect. This vase is known as shape # 200 in the Teco catalogs. This piece of Teco was made, Circa 1902-1910.