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Vintage Hull Pottery Lavabo in the Butterfly Pattern
This old decorator piece is called a lavabo and it was made by the Hull Pottery Co. of Ohio. The name refers to the basins that were used in churches but this two piece set is a representation of a washbowl below a water urn with an inoperable spigot and it was hung on the wall as a planter or simple decoration. It has the pretty butterfly pattern in pink and turquoise. The background is a matte, off white glaze with a pebbled, white over glaze. The back of the basin is marked Hull U.S.A. - B25 and it has a 1956 copyright date. The It is harder to make out the back of the water tank but besides the Hull name it appears to have B24. Apparently this set originally came with a wire bracket for hanging purposes but each piece also has hanging holes so they can be hung independently and without a bracket as shown in the photographs.
The basin measures about 9 ½” wide by 6” high and the urn measures about 6 ½” wide by 8 ½” high. Both pieces are in very good condition with minimal wear and no damage. On the back of the inside of the bowl there is some floral putty which was probably used to arrange some artificial flowers.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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