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Just bought this pair of vases. They struck a note with me and i had a hunch they may be quite good. Very strong Deco design with a stylish stamp underneath. I can't find the mark and i'm hoping somebody may recognise it. Possibly American as it doesn't show in Godden's guide. Soft paste body and hence they have a few chips and scratches. The mark is a W under an H with co at the bottom and 47 stamped on it as well. They also have some kind of finish on them that gives them a stoneware finish almost slate but i think it is a type of black clay. I have heard of Blackware but i believe this is a native indian/Mexican technique. Any info would be greatly received. I keep coming back to Wedgwood Basalt Ware and there was a designer called William Hackridge but he was early 19th Century and this is clearly Art Deco.
Hi Simon, Are you in UK? If so, Kovels is prolly the best book for ID of USA and UK, including continental potteries to. They have a free website, you just need to sign up for an account to use the marks dictionary.
All that being said, a quick look in their book, and I find no HW CO. nor a WH co. There are a few UK makers with similar marks that include Wade Heath ( Wade potteries) and a much older mark of Wildblood and and Heath. Both are not right though, sadly.
Now, I've got a suspicion that your vases are not quite right. It looks like they have been painted black? If you don't mind, take a small cloth and try and wipe a spot off the bottom. Just humor me, because I'm seeing streaks, I'm pretty sure the black is not the proper glaze for your vases. And, I'm absolutely positive they are not Native American or Mexican pottery. USA is a good guess, but it's quite possible that they are continental as well.
I hope they were not painted to deceive a flaw or something? UGH. Also, while I think they certainly could be of the Art Deco era, I'm not certain. I think they could be older or frankly, more modern with the roses, possibly, 1940's?
In any case, you could also Goggle "ID HWco WHco pottery marks" and see if that gets you anywhere too. Good Luck and keep us posted please!
Hi Vicki. Thanks so much for looking. I've googled them all. I'm certain somebody will know. The glaze does seem to come off where it is cleaned but it is a black body. I'm sure it is the same as wedgwood basalt ware but obviously not by then although William Hackwood does keep coming to mind but he was late 18th early 19th century and i can't see them being that early. I'll send images to some auction rooms and see what they say.
Your very welcome! BTW - could it be a "MH" or "HM" instead?
Also, I think LB is onto something with secessionist era, and weiner Werkstatte" or Possibly another German maker could be right also?
Such a Good Mystery! Please do keep us posted!
My ref book, Lehner's US Marks, doesn't show the mark in either "W" or "H". Book written in 1988. I suspect that your vases are modern made after 1988. Art Deco design doesn't mean it was made then.
47 in a circle has no meaning that I can find. Possibly is a factory or employee number.
Thanks Tom. I know they came from a good home and with the amount of ware they have received i'm pretty sure they are at least from the 20's/30's but i could be wrong. Thanks for taking the time to research them, it's much appreciated. I will show them around. I'll keep you posted. Kind regards Simon
The maker's mark on the bottom has a secessionist look to it. I agree that the pottery definitely has a basalt quality. Are there any mold seams on the polished body of the vase? I see a seam within the rose border, but it doesn't appear to continue onto the smooth body, which makes me think these were made in parts and fused together; or at least the molded border was later pressed into the pre-made body while the clay was still soft.
Bang on with the secessionist look to the mark, i thought Wiener Werkstätte possibly. I don't think the vases looks secessionist though but looking at Wiener Werkstätte vases, there's a definite similarity but it doesn't explain the WH.
No seem to the vases, i'm pretty sure they have been thrown from one piece of clay and the rose and leaf frieze decoration has been applied or press moulded