Thomas Gotham Crystalline Glaze Vase / California Arts & Crafts - Museum Quality For Sale
Rare California Arts & Crafts Pottery Vase ~ Thomas Gotham ~
Fine Crystalline Glaze - Signed
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Height - 5.5" / Diameter - 11"
Rare signed crystalline - glazed art pottery vase by well-known American potter, Thomas Gotham (1872 - 1941).
This vase has a uniquely shaped porcelain body described as shape No. 9 in the 1920's West Coast Porcelain catalog. (The catalog is pictured in the article about Gotham in the Journal of The American Art Pottery Association - July - August, 2008, see photos below).
All pottery byThomas Gotham is very rare, but there are only a few examples of this shape known to exist.
The vase is signed on bottom with Gotham's printed - stamped (under the glaze) monogram "TG". Signed examples of his work are very rare.
The shape was designed by Gotham and the crystalline glaze formulation and actual glazing was executed by him while working at West Coast Porcelain Manufacturers of Millbrae, California (where 'California Porcelain' designed by Bragdon and Thomas of 'California Faience' was made).
This piece is a museum quality piece of American art pottery.
Circa 1923 - 1929. (During the time Thomas Gotham was working at West Coast Porcelain Manufacturers)
Excellent condition with no damage or restorations.
Thomas Gotham was born in Stafford, England in 1872. He came from a long line of Staffordshire potters. In 1887 he came to America and worked as a potter in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1898 he moved to East Liverpool, Ohio. He then married and moved to California, back to New Jersey, and by 1920 back to Los Angeles. By 1923 be was living in Burlingame and working for the West Coast Porcelain Manufacturers of Millbrae where he worked until about 1929. Thomas Gotham passed away in San Jose, California in 1941.
The article mentioned above gives a fuller biography and photos of Gotham as well a quite a bit of information about his pottery production, signatures, etc. If the winner of this sale does not have the issue, I will scan the article about Gotham and send it by e-mail. Just remember to ask for it.
This piece was purchased from a small sale in New York state and no further history or provenance is available.
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This vase will be a museum quality addition to any collection of American Art Pottery and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Art Deco, Modernist, Stickley Era, Craftsman, Monterey Style, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
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Thomas Gotham Crystalline Glaze Vase / California Arts & Crafts - Museum Quality: $2,827