For sale is a wonderful and early form made by The Hampshire Pottery of Keene, New Hampshire. The form is called a"Vertical or Curling Leaf" vase or planter. The vase is done in the rare and very hard to find mottled blue glaze. This planter is a nice cabinet size as it stands 3" tall and is 6" in diameter.
The vase displays a squat form with a pattern of embossed vertical leaves that are curled at the tips. This creates almost a wave pattern on the upper portion of the vase as this curled tip lays over the widest part of the vessel and is visible from the top side. The leaves look hand carved with a wonderful center vein running through each leaf. The vase has one of the nicest mottled blue glazes I have ever owned in Hampshire Pottery. The form is crisp and very well detailed.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition, free of nicks, chips, dings and hairlines. There are some firing lines on the underside bottom and is very common with Hampshire Pottery pieces. None of these are cracks as they do not go through to the inside. The vase is signed on the bottom with the incised "Hampshire Pottery" in script letters along with the M in a circle 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 . The mold number 132 can clearly be seen and this is the shape number in the Hampshire Pottery catalog pages. The vase has that nicely ground bottom along with Hampshire Pottery's white clay bottom. Robertson was the head chemist for the glazes and ran Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914. This "M" in a circle mark was used during his tenure, subsequently this piece was made circa 1904-1914.
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. The M in a circle mark was used from 1904-1914.
This will make a wonderful addition to any matte pottery collection of art pottery and would look great on that Stickley Mission arts and crafts bookcase.