For Sale is a wonderful piece of pottery made by Vance Faience Company of Tiltonville, Ohio. I have a rather larger Pitcher with a unique handle. The Pitcher has some size to it as it stands 9 7/8" tall and is approximately 8 3/8" in diameter at the widest part of the spout and back side of the handle. The rim measures 4" across inside measurement tapering smaller as it gets to the spout.
The Pitcher has a wonderful Matte dark Cucumber Green Glaze that is pretty uniform throughout. The Pitcher depicts an embossed Hunt Scene of Dog chasing a Stag and Boar through Grapevines with a Meadow in the background. The detail is quite detailed. The Pitcher is further finished with a Molded Handle that resembles a Greyhound Dog. The ring of the underside foot is unglazed.
It is believed that the Vance Faience Company made this Pitcher from an early Bennington Pottery mold. This matte green glaze was made at the when all the other American Potters were using this matte green glaze that was extremely popular at the turn of the century.
The Pitcher is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The only issue is a small one as there is few areas on the side in which there are thinning in the glaze and you can see the white/beige clay underneath. These are pictured and I personally think it adds character to the piece. The piece is unsigned but it is a well documented form from The Vance Faience, Company.
This is a wonderful and Rare Pitcher to find in this condition. Usually there is damage to the handle but this one has none. That fact that it has survived 110-115 years without any damage is amazing!! This Pitcher will work just fine in any Arts & Crafts Mission Style Decor. This pitcher was made at the turn of the century, Circa 1898-1902.