Excelsior Pottery built by William Young and Sons in Trenton, New Jersey. The company started with four kilns and by 1882 it had expanded to fourteen kilns and about 300 workers. Under the guidance of William Bromely Sr., Willets started the production of Belleek wares around later 1884 and continued for twenty-four years until 1909. The company had its' own decorating department as well as selling white-ware products.
This beautiful hand-painted Arts & Crafts vase is simple in design but outstanding in presentation and class. I am confident the decorating is a product of the Company's decorating department based on the color of the back-stamp. If not it was executed by another professional studio. It carries the Belleek stamp in green which is associated with in-house decorating department.
The background color is a soft dusty pink, with a narrow and wide band of a darker shade of dusty pink, outlined in gold. This creates the decorative band which contains four stylized floral blossoms done in the darker dusty pink, soft olive green, gold outlines against the soft dusty pink background. The vase measures 10" in height and 2 7/8" across the top and base.
Stamped in green with the Company logo and "Willets Belleek". The artist's insignia is a gold diamond with the initials HF. Also in pencil the numbers "678 & 1-11". There are no cracks, chips or repairs: near mint. Beautiful piece.
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