HAMPSHIRE POTTERY, HOLLY BERRY TANKARD, MATTE GREEN - For Sale
HAMPSHIRE POTTERY, HOLLY BERRY TANKARD, MATTE GREEN
For sale is a very nice piece of Art Pottery made by Hampshire Pottery of Keene, NH. The item is called a "Tankard" or "Mug". The Tankard is done in the much sought after Matte Green Glaze. The Tankard is a nice size as it stands 5 1/2" tall and is 5" in diameter from the outside Handle measurement.
The Tankard has a wonderful Matt Cucumber Green Glaze. This Glaze was a trademark of Hampshire Pottery. The Tankard displays an embossed Holly Leaf and Berry pattern at the top of the Vessel. This Pattern surrounds the entire top of the Tankard. There is a wonderfully applied handle that appears to have reeded beads running vertically from the bottom to the top on each side of the Handle. The Handle has what looks like a Leaf on the flat exterior side when viewed closely. It also acts as a thumb rest when holding the Tankard.
The piece is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks chips or dings. There is some crazing in the glaze and this really adds dimension to the Cucumber Green Texture. There is also a shadow of what appears to have been a paper label that was on the bottom of the piece. The piece is signed with Block Letter "JST & CO KEENE NH." Impressed Mark. This can clearly be seen.
I believe this to be a very early mark prior to Cadmon Robertson's tenure with Hampshire. This would make this piece Circa 1891-1903. Hampshire Pottery was producing a Matt Green Glaze 7 Years ahead of Grueby. Grueby started producing matte green pottery in 1898.
This is a not so commonly found item from Hampshire Pottery in Matt Green. This is an Excellent Example in both Form and Glaze. Those of you who are decorating in the Arts and Crafts, Mission style will surely welcome this beauty. It would look just outstanding on that Stickley Bookcase.