For Sale is a Lovely piece of Art Pottery made by The Van Briggle Pottery Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This Vase is known as a "Stylized Iris" Flower Vase and it is Shape number #167 in The Van Briggle Catalog Line. The Vase is an impressive size as it stands 13 1/4" tall and is approximately 7" in diameter outside handles measurements. The top opening is 1 3/4" in diameter inside and 2 1/4" outside measurement. This Vase is done in one of Van Briggle's most highly collected glazes known as "Mountain Craig" Brown.
The Vase depicts 2 stylized Iris flowers, one on each side. Both one of these Flowers have vertical raised stems that rise up from the bottom to the bottom of each flower. Next to these stems are embossed or raised leaves. They start out narrow at the bottom and appear to be Ribbing but they expand to leaves once they reach the top the of the vessel. The matte brown background glaze along with the sage green over spray on the flowers gives this piece that earthy realistic appearance. There are 2 applied looped handles at the bottom giving this vase it stable appearance.
This piece is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. The inside of the vase shows minimal wear. There are a few minor glaze pin pops along the top portion of the vase. This piece is signed on the bottom with the Impressed Van Briggle Double A Logo Mark along with "VAN BRIGGLE" in large Block Letters. This mark helps date this wonderful piece of Art Pottery.
The Mountain Craig formula was lost in the 1935 Flood and none were made after this date. This vase was made in the late 1920's early 1930's This is a wonderful hard to find form in any condition. This is an excellent example in both form and glaze. The colors are strong and it has wonderful definition. Those of you who collect Arts and Crafts Design Pottery will surely welcome this addition into your collection. I am sure it will look just great on that Stickley, Mission, Arts and Crafts Style Bookcase.
This piece was made circa 1928-1935.