This beautiful footed bowl was made by Fulper Pottery of New Jersey soon after the turn of the 20th century. Fulper traces its origins to 1814 and started out as Hill Pottery. The works were purchased by Hill employee Abram Fulper and became known as Fulper by the 1860's. The company shifted focus from making utilitarian pieces like crocks and cookware to art pottery shortly after the turn of the century.
Fulper's early art pottery pieces had an Asian influence which transitioned to classic and Arts and Crafts forms with the arrival of ceramics engineer Martin Stangl in 1910. Fulper's designs and distinctive glazes went on to win awards, including the Gold Medal of Honor at San Francisco's 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.
This Arts and Crafts piece has been made in the form of a ribbed bowl with a repeating intertwined geometric chain-like pattern which runs beneath the rim. The bowl also features three large crest shaped medallions decorated with heraldic images which are evenly spaced around the piece. The exterior of the bowl is finished in rich shades of green and brown mottled glaze with hints of cream while the medallions are brown. The glaze on the interior of the piece is smooth and shiny, and appears to drip down the sides to pool at the bottom. It has been also been finished in shades of green and brown with hints of blue.
The bowl is quite heavy for its size, weighing in at 3 lbs 10.5 oz. It is largely in good condition with an old chip to the top edge of one of the crests which is best seen in photo 4 and a stable tight hairline at the rim which is only evident under very close inspection. It should also be noted that there is some age related crazing to the glaze in the base of the piece as well as glaze pops and other irregularities in the application of glaze which is related to production. As seen in the accompanying photographs, these issues do not detract from the appearance of the piece and are mentioned for accuracy. The bowl stands just over 4" to the rim and 4.5" to the top of the crests. The rim is 8.5" from edge to edge. The foot is 3.25" in diameter and bears Fulper's early black ink stamp mark.
This striking Arts and Crafts console bowl displays beautifully and would be a great addition to an existing collection of Fulper, or to a grouping of early 20th century art pottery by other manufacturers. A distinctive and appealing piece!
Antique Fulper Art Pottery Heraldic Bowl