The Van Briggle Art Pottery was established in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 by Artus and Anne Van Briggle. Artus had a significant impact on the Art Nouveau movement in the United States, and his pottery is foundational to American Art Pottery.
Artus Van Briggle settled in Colorado Springs in 1899 after establishing himself as a notable artist with the Rookwood Pottery of Ohio. With Anne Louise, his new wife, Artus began exploring the Art Nouveau style in their pottery creations and from 1899 until his death Artus devoted himself almost exclusively to the craft and art of pottery.
This wonderful Van Briggle "Original" Vase, circa 1950's, is in their famous Persian Rose glaze with incised stems of flowers or grain decoration. The incised squatty shaped vase was most likely thrown and finished by Lucille Larson who was one of Van Briggle's finishers and sometimes potter to throw on the wheel and do demonstrations for tourists. During the 1950's she marked her work "L"; this piece has the "L" repeated twice making me assume she did both throw and finish this item. The vase measures 3" in height and 4 1/2" across the widest part. It is marked in script with the "Conjoined A's" company logo, "L" (twice), "33" and "Van Briggle - Colo Spgs - Original". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.