The Weller Pottery Company was established in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1882, the outgrowth of a small one-kiln log cabin works Sam Weller had operated in Fultonham. In 1895 the company entered the art pottery field. Through the years it grew into one of the largest potteries in the country and was home to many renowned designers and decorators. The depression brought a slow, steady decline in sales and in 1948 the pottery was closed.
This lovely vase is from their "Floretta" line, circa 1904. The rather unique form is round at the base and slightly tapers toward the top which features four large lobes forming a flared square opening. The motif is a cluster of molded grapes on two sides in a reddish-purple color. The background shades from very pale gray at the base to a medium bluish-gray at the top. The Floretta line was produced in a glossy finish, as this vase, and also a matt glaze. The vase measures 6" in height, 4" across the base and 2 1/4" across the top opening. Though unmarked, this vase is shown in "The Collectors Encyclopedia of Weller Pottery" by Sharon & Bob Huxford. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint condition.
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