Antique Ceramic Hampshire Pottery Pitcher

Antique Arts & Crafts Period Hampshire Pottery


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This antique ceramic pitcher for sale by All The Decor, part of our online gallery of home decor, kitchen decor, and decorative antique serving pieces by the Hampshire Pottery company is also part of that narrative.The underside of the pitcher displays an incised “Hamshipre Pottery” signature with the number below marking 34. The underside of the pitcher also displays a label stating “Hecklers,” an auction facility in Connecticut. This vase came to us from a Northeast private pottery collection. This pitcher has a wonderful green matte glaze in a molded pumpkin shape.

The Hampshire Pottery company, founded by James Taft, was started in 1871 in Kenne New Hampshire with the intention of producing art pottery and decorative arts. Vases, garden pots, planters, bowls, pitchers, and other assorted pottery and ceramic objects. The company initially focused on wares in a flat grey or dark brown color; however, he eventually became influenced by majolica’s molded and colorful decoration and directed his creative vision in that direction. Hampshire pottery company introduced their first real hit in 1883, their extremely popular matte green glaze. In 1904, Cadmon Robertson joined Hampshire Pottery as the company’s superintendent. Robertson was also the brother-in-law of the founder, James Taft. Under Robertson’s direction, he helped develop almost 1000 pottery and ceramic glazes and was responsible for many of the designs and creative ideas that the company pursued. While the early Hamshire pottery is marked with a red Hampshire Pottery, J.S. Taft & Co., pieces during his reign contained an impressed “Hampshire Pottery.” Some accredit Robinson also to the development of their green matte glaze while others specify this glaze was developed in 1883.

In 1916 James sold Hampshire Pottery to George Morton, who had worked for the Grueby Pottery company prior, and this infused a new creative direction into the business. During Morton’s time, Hampshire pottery was only able to operate for a year before the beginning of world war one closed the factory for a number of years. The company was eventually; however, much of its creative spark was gone, producing only porcelain and serving ware for the service industry until, in 1923, it was permanently closed.


This pitcher measures 8.1 inches in height.


The glaze displays elements of potting and kiln imperfections associated with antique pieces of studio art pottery; The glaze displays light staining, scuffs, and general imperfections in line with the age of this item.
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