Hampshire, Matt Cucumber Green Glaze, Tall Pitcher - For Sale
Hampshire, Matt Cucumber Green Glaze, Tall Pitcher
For sale is a tall Art Pottery Pitcher or Ewer made by The Hampshire Pottery Company of Keene, NH. It is just outstanding!! The Pitcher stands an impressive 11 1/4" tall and has a diameter of approximately 5 1/2" at its widest point.
The Vase displays a dark cucumber green glaze gives this piece that organic Arts and Crafts look. The applied handle has a beautiful acanthus leaf design at the top and bottom of the handle where it meets the body. I am simply amazed that the delicate handle has survived almost 100 years without breaking. The glaze is extremely similar to Grueby and Weller glazes I have seen in the past.
The Pitcher is considered to be in very good to excellent condition. The only issue I can find is an inclusion in the body of the Pitcher. There is an area of white clay that feels like a small lump of clay protruding through the glaze. This is factory and not damage. The pitcher is signed with the impressed Hampshire stamp signature. The Hampshire Pottery with the M in a circle Mark was used from 1904-1914 during Cadmon Robertson's tenure. There was no pottery produced from his death in 1914 till 1916, A period of almost 2 years. I would say this piece was made Circa 1916-1922.
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 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.