For sale is a wonderful arts and crafts piece of art pottery made by Hampshire Pottery of Keene, NH. The piece is a small vase and almost looks like a creamer without a handle. The vase is a nice size as it stands 3 13/16" tall on the highest point, 3 7/8" wide and 3 3/8" deep.
This vase has a wonderful matte cucumber green glaze that is pretty uniform throughout. The vase displays a fern pattern that rises up from the bottom foot and goes all the way to the top rim. These ferns cover the entire piece. The top is oval shaped and one side appears to have a spout like a creamer.
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 mark. There is also the mold number "140" impressed. There is also a blue glaze letter "M" along with numbers lightly scratched into the clay above the word "Hampshire" These numbers read "678165033". This is hard to see as the number marks are lightly incised. Typically when I see a blue glaze with numbers or letters it means it was a trial glaze but they both are done in a blue glaze. I actually think this is a trial form because the form for 140 was designated as a Fairy Lamp form with a glass dome in the Hampshire Pottery catalog. I have never seen this form before in all my 46 years as a collector and dealer. There is no doubt that is an original Hampshire Pottery form.
We can date this piece by the mark. The "M" in a circle mark was used to honor Cadmon Robertson's wife "Emoretta". She was the sister of the founder, James Scollay Taft. Cadmon Robertson was the head chemist for the glazes and ran Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914. This mark was used during that time period.
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 pottery collection of art pottery and would look great on that Stickley, mission, arts and crafts bookcase.