The J. J. West Company, 245 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, patented a process on April 22, 1884 for the production and decorating process of molded Barbotine Style vases, plaques, etc., which was a popular style in the Victorian period. The Barbotine Style was being produced by the leading European and American potteries at this time. This was a less expensive way for individuals to own and personally decorate an art object.
From an advertisement in Harper's Magazine the following information was taken:
"J. J. West patented and maker of "Terraline" vases, plaques, etc., for decorating with oil colors and amber enamel, retaining a brilliant glaze without firing. Purchasers are particularly cautioned to see that each vase and plaque is plainly stamped with my Trade Mark. None are genuine without this stamp. My directions for decorating "Terraline" will be mailed to teachers of painting on receipt of a two-cent postage stamp. Sold by dealers in art goods throughout the United States."
According to another advertisement, the above vase was No 698 and sold for $1.75. The vase measures 11" in height, 4" across the top and 3 1/2" across the base. It is clearing impressed on the bottom "Terraline - Patented - Apr.22.84". The composition is a plaster-like material which has a definite "ring" when tapped, similar to fine porcelain and glass. The condition is remarkable with realistic form and color pallet. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A rare example and great decorator piece for any pottery collection.
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