Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, daughter of wealthy Joseph Longworth, founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880 as a result of being inspired by what she saw at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The inspirational works included Japanese ceramics and French pottery with under-glaze decoration. The first Rookwood Pottery was located in a renovated school house on Eastern Avenue which had been purchased by Maria's father at a sheriff's sale in March 1880. Mrs. Storer named it Rookwood, after her father's country estate near the city in Walnut Hills. The first ware came from the kiln on Thanksgiving Day of that year. Through years of experimentation with glazes and kiln temperatures, Rookwood pottery became a popular American art pottery, designed to be at least as decorative as it is useful.
Limoges style pillow vase with pierced openings on either side just below the rim. Painted with a bird perched on a branch on one side and a butterfly on the other. This pillow vase is attributed to Rookwood founder Maria Longworth Nichols, impressed on the bottom in block letters with the date 1882. I feel confident in attributing this piece to her as this is a shape she often used and the decoration is typical of her work. Displays well from all angles. What a wonderful vase!
There is fine overall crazing and there is a chip to one of the feet. It may appear more pronounced due to the macro lens used for the photography. Any non-perfections are from the firing/manufacturing process including glaze misses and glaze pops. Dimensions are below.
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Marked and guaranteed to be original, vintage Rookwood pottery.
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H: 4 1/4", Base: 2 1/4" , Rim: 3 3/8" x 5/8"
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