For sale is a wonderful arts and crafts shaped vessel made by The Merrimac Pottery Company of Newburyport, Massachusetts. The item is a jardiniere or vase and it is quite a heavy pot as it weighs almost 6 lbs before packing. This jardiniere is large as it is 9" in diameter at its widest point and stands 5" tall. The bottom has a diameter of 4 1/8".
The jardiniere displays a squat bulbous form with a slight curl in at the top. This jardiniere has a wonderful decoration of carved Tulips and broad vertical leaves. The carving is deep and shows great detail. The background glaze is a wonderful leathery matte green glaze that I'm sure will compete with any Grueby Pottery jardiniere of similar glaze. There are areas of thinness in the glaze around the high points on the leaves and the top rim. You can see the signature red clay underneath the green glaze. This vase is considered to be a large form with Merrimac Pottery.
This jardiniere is considered to be in very good condition as there are no cracks, chips. I have checked all the high spots and noticed a few areas of touch up that was professionally done. The jardiniere is signed on the bottom with what looks like the initials M with a hyphen in the middle or a double conjoined A similar to Van Briggle's mark. It also appears to look like the smoke stacks of a pottery factory. Other than this mark the piece is unsigned but guaranteed to have been made by Merrimac Pottery.
This jardiniere is a wonderful example of New England Arts & Crafts era pottery. It is a hand thrown piece and was modeled by one of Merrimac Pottery's finest modelers. The jardiniere is done in a beautiful leathery matte green glaze with nicely carved and tooled flowers and leaves. I'm quite sure the buyer will be very pleased with their purchase. This is truly a rare example to add to one's advanced New England arts and crafts pottery collection. Merrimac Pottery only made pottery for 8 short years. This vase was made 1900-1908.
Merrimac Pottery, Wonderful Carved Tulip Jardiniere, Great Glaze Quite Rare Form