Weller Lonhuda / Louwelsa Art Pottery Standard Glaze 14" Vase, C. 1900 (#2)
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Weller Lonhuda / Louwelsa Art Pottery Standard Glaze 14" Vase, C. 1900 (#2):
Welcome to Antiques & Moore!This listing is for a lovely Weller's standard glaze Art Pottery vase, c. 1890-1900. This tall vase has a low rounded base with a tall slender stick neck with ruffled top and is decorated with a hand painted floral design. This vase is either from the Lonhuda or Louwelsa lines produced by Weller during the early period 1894-1924. The design is hand painted in slip under a thick gloss glaze in golden-yellow and bronze with the foliage painted in shades of green on a mahogany brown background. Vase is unmarked which is common with Weller production.
Measures 14" high with a 5 1/2" diameter top and a 7" overall width. Base measures 3 7/8" in diameter. Weighs 3.5 pounds.
This nice vase is in very good to excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and no noted crazing. There is a glaze skip to the right of the floral design on the wide center section of lower body that occurred during production (see photos). There are also several very minor/faint no-harm production specks under the glaze and a small nick on the exterior edge of the foot ring that is barely noticed and may be a glaze skip however, it is mentioned for accuracy.
PLEASE NOTE OUR LAST PHOTO. We have a pair of vases in this size with similar decoration that could be used together as a pair if desired. The second vase is listed separately in our store.
HISTORY: Samuel Weller began his career producing utilitarian items such as flower pots and sewer tiles in 1951. In 1894 he formed a partnership with William Long and Long developed a standard glaze art pottery line called Lonhuda that was the first to rival the standard glaze pottery produced by Rookwood who had dominated the art pottery market since 1883. The partnership with William Long only lasted about a year and in 1895 Weller developed his own standard glaze art pottery which he called Louwelsa named after his daughter Louise. Although the standard glaze produced by Weller was a good rival to that produced by Rookwood, his artistic designs often didn't compare. The Louwelsa line remained in production until 1924. The main problem with the Weller Lonhuda and Louwelsa lines was that marking was inconsistent and this early production was seldom marked whereas Rookwood pottery was always marked. This inconsistency in marking their production makes it difficult for collectors today to be certain as to the maker of this unmarked standard glaze production as it was also made by Owens and Roseville and possibly other smaller companies during this time.
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