For sale is a wonderful and early form made by The Hampshire Pottery of Keene, New Hampshire. The form is called an "Overlapping Leaves" Vase or planter and it is done in the very desirable matte cucumber green glaze. The planter stands 3" tall and is 5 7/8" in diameter.
The vase displays a pattern of embossed overlapping leaves that are curled at the tips. This creates almost a wave pattern on the upper portion of the vase as this curled tip is over the widest part of the vessel and visible from the top side. The leaves look hand carved with a wonderful center vein running through each leaf. It has an outstanding matte cucumber green glaze that resembles real cucumber skin. The form is crisp and very well detailed.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition, free of nicks, chips, dings and hairlines. 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 Robertson was the head chemist for the glazes and ran Hampshire Pottery from 1904-1914. 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.
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.