Monumental Aesthetic Vase
Attributed to Rookwood Potteries 1884
Early and quite impressive in its scale and decorative motif, this monumental vase is well attributed to Rookwood Pottery, founded in 1880 by well-to-do pottery aficionado Maria Longworth Nichols. After seeing arts from the Far East at the 1876 Exposition, Nichols engaged the most talented designers to craft their wares in her pursuit of the art in this American craft. The individual maker of this piece, Mate C. Bristol, who signed and dated it in 1884, was obviously inspired by forms and decorations from the Orient, albeit combined with applied stylized western lion handles on the sides. This handsome vase is an unusually large and significant early signed example of Aesthetic American pottery.