This listing is for a STUNNING Rookwood Art Pottery standard glaze ewer with elaborate Gorham Sterling Silver overlay, shape #557, signed by artist Mary Nourse and dated 1893. The pottery body has a standard glaze finish with hand painted flowers in sunset colors. The floral design contrasts beautifully with dark brown background color. The silver overlay decoration is thickly applied with excellent pierced and engraved details. The silver is marked "Gorham Mfg. Co., R. 1469" on the bottom edge. The silver overlay has a flowing Art Nouveau style with the outer mouth, handle and bottom edge being solid silver overlay. Although we did not find the Sterling Silver stamp/mark, we guarantee this silver to be of Sterling quality. The vase is marked with the incised Rookwood Pottery trademark "flame" stamp which dates the ewer to 1893. Also marked with artist initials for Mary Nourse with shape number "557" with "W" below.
Dimensions: 9 1/4" high with a 4" overall width and 2 3/8" diameter base. Weighs 1.3 pounds.
Condition: Ewer is in good Estate condition with great visual appearance and no noticeable chips, cracks or repairs. However, there is a faint hairline with extending "fingers" that seen on the inside under the curved mouth area. This flaw does not show when looking at the ewer in an upright position and is only noticed when looking into the mouth of the ewer. There is one faint break in the silver on the long "ribbon" that extends from the major part of the design to the design on the lower body, however, this break is small and doesn't go across the entire ribbon. Below this area the silver ribbon does not lay perfectly flat against the body of the ewer although this is barely noticeable. The glaze is clean and without any noticeable crazing. We found no other flaws on this lovely and rare example of Rookwood's silver overlay.
HISTORY: The Rookwood Pottery Company was founded by Maria Longworth Nichols in 1880 and won numerous prestigious awards with their early pottery. However, over the years she became less involved with the company and in 1890 the Rookwood Pottery Company was reorganized with William Taylor becoming President. Rookwood is considered the premier name in American Art Pottery and even the more common pieces of the production ware period are collected for their elegant beauty. The Depression was difficult for the Rookwood factory although they continued to operate until 1967 when the factory was finally forced to close.
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