Schering AG was founded in 1851 in Germany, and after World War II, the American branch of the company became the Schering Corporation. Schering merged with Plough, Inc. in 1971 to become known as Schering Plough. This presentation vase was obviously made to give to Schering customers prior to 1971, before the merger. On one side of this vase is the face of Maimonides, the 12th century philosopher and physician who lived from 1135 to 1204. On the other side is the Rx symbol for pharmacy or prescription. Around the bottom is the Latin "secundum artem" which means "according to the art – doing something in the accepted manner of a skill or practice." The vase is a rich medium brown on the outside with a soft turquoise on the inside. On the bottom is a cork pad with the Schering logo on it. If there is a maker's mark it is covered by the cork, but the vase is of high quality with a really interesting design. It stands 5 1/8" tall. It is in excellent condition; it does have an under-glaze mark made during its manufacturing.
As a side note, after Schering and Plough merged, they started making mortar and pestles as presentation gifts to their customers. There was a different one each year.
This very rich looking piece would make a really interesting addition to your advertising, pottery or medical/pharmaceutical collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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