The Weller Pottery Company was established in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1882, the outgrowth of a small one-kiln log cabin works Sam Weller had operated in Fultonham. In 1895 the company entered the art pottery field. Through the years it grew into one of the largest potteries in the country and was home to many renowned designers and decorators. The depression brought a slow, steady decline in sales and in 1948 the pottery was closed.
This lovely pillow vase is from their "Louwelsa" line, circa 1900. The name Louwelsa (L-o-u from the first three letters of his daughter's name, Louise; w-e-l from his last name and S.A. his initials). The graceful pillow shaped form rests on four short flared out feet. The motif is a cluster of yellowish green holly leaves and red berries against the standard dark brown high glaze and is initialed by the artist on the front "E R" for Eugene Roberts who decorated Hudson, Aurelian and Louwelsa Lines. The vase measures 6 1/2" in length, 2 3/4" in width and 5 1/4" in height. Impressed mark on the base "Louwelsa Weller" and three numbers/letters. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some minor glaze flakes on the back side of the top opening and overall light crazing. Great decorator piece for Christmas season or any time of the year.
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