Beautiful and rare Weller Art Pottery metallic luster/iridescent vase from the Sicard/Sicardo* line, c. 1902-1907. This stunning shouldered form vase is decorated with muted colors in a design of stylized flowers and foliage with a bronze/blue and golden iridescence. It is clearly signed "Weller, Sicardo" on the lower body just above the foot ring.
Dimensions: 7" high with a 5" overall width and a 3" diameter base. Weighs just under 2 pounds.
Condition: Vase is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws - no chips, cracks or repairs. You will certainly be pleased with this gorgeous vase and it will become one of the highlights of any American Art Pottery collection!
This gorgeous vase was the creation of Jacques Sicard for the Weller Pottery Company in 1902. Sicard was a French chemist who came to America on a 5-year contract to work for Weller Pottery. Although he used several color combinations in the creation of the Sicard (or Sicardo) line, it was the metallic luster glazes that distinguishes the line from all others. Sicard brought his own assistant from France and the two men would seclude themselves from other workers when working on their glazes and would speak in French so that they could not be understood by the other workers. The formula for the Sicard iridescent glaze was kept secret even from Samuel Weller and when Sicard returned to France after his agreed five years with Weller, he took his secret formula with him ending the production of this desirable and scarce pottery at Weller. Sicard pieces were produced only from 1902-1907 and some examples have sold for over $20,000.00.
Over the years, collectors have called this line "Sicard" after the French chemist Sicard who developed this line for Weller, however, the Weller reference book "The Collectors Encyclopedia of Weller Pottery" by Sharon and Bob Huxford, properly calls the line "Sicardo" as named by Weller and Sicardo is the name signed on this wonderful vase.
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