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Fine, large, and rare art pottery vase by Thomas Gotham of West Coast Porcelain and associated with California Faience of Berkeley.
Signed on the bottom with Gotham's ink-stamped, under-glaze monogram "TG".
This piece dates to the years 1924 to 1927 when Gotham was making crystalline-glazed porcelain vases at the West Coast Porcelain Manufacturers, of Millbrae, California.
Height - 10.4" / Diameter - 7"
This vase is quite beautiful and is a fairly large example of Gotham's work. The body is made from a high-fired white porcelain, and has an Arts and Crafts shape.
The piece is decorated with a matte to semi-matte green crystalline glaze. The glaze is complex and stunning with large crystalline blooms and abstracted shapes and areas.
The neck and rim are a bit less 'glaze - decorated' and in places the glaze has become thinner near the top, showing the white body a bit more. The crystalline glaze is quite amazing and somewhat reminiscent of the work of Adelaide Robineau and Taxile Doat, both who favored crystalline glazes.
The bottom rim of this vase has been ground flat, as you can see in the photographs.
Thomas Gotham (1872 - 1941) was born in England and belonged to a family which had a long line of Staffordshire potters. In 1887 he came to America where he is listed as a potter in Trenton, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles and eventually to Northern California where he probably worked for the Garden City Pottery of San Jose and eventually for the West Coast Porcelain Manufacturers who made "California Porcelain" in association with California Faience.
You can read more about Gotham, his life and works in the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association, ( July - August 2008 issue). I have this article and can scan it for the winner of this piece, if desired.
This piece is in excellent condition with no problems. There is no damage to the vase. No hairlines, no chips, no repairs, no scratches or abrasions, and no restorations.
This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of American Art Pottery and will display beautifully in any arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Art Deco, Mid Century Modern, Stickley Era, or Modernist decor.
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