North Carolina pottery is highly collectible folk art that spans 150 years of tradition. We are pleased to offer a fine example from one of the great families of North Carolina pottery, A R Cole. Arthur Ray Cole operated the Rainbow Pottery from 1926 to 1941, after which the name was changed to the A R Cole Pottery.
This wonderful pot is called an apothecary jar and is hand thrown with the wonderful split handles for which A R Cole is know. Green with a Mason stain (drips of pinks, blues, purples, and others over the base green) the artistry and color of this pot is testament to the skill of A R Cole.
The pot stands 5 1/2" tall and measures 7" handle to handle. The handles were formed by cut pieces of clay worked at the rim and joined about mid way through the loop. Because of the somewhat sharper edges on the underside of the handles, some glaze has been lost on one side as you can see in the photos. This is not damage per se, but rather an occurrence in the aging of the piece. The handles on the other side are fine. There are no chips or cracks to the piece, though there is some fine crazing.
The pot is fully marked with the Rainbow Pottery Sanford, NC mark as pictured.
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