Chelsea Keramics Sang-de-boeuf Pottery Vase
Chelsea, Massachusetts, c. 1894
Oxblood-colored glaze, wide mouth over cylindrical neck and swollen shoulder tapering to base, impressed CKAW and signed ER and HR for Hugh Robertson (American, 1845-1908), ht. 8 in.
Note: One of the early innovators of artistic glaze, Hugh Robertson continued the experimentation begun at his earlier venture, the Chelsea Keramic Art Works, in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he moved his re-formed Chelsea Pottery in 1896. Robertson's celebrated sang-de-boeuf (oxblood) glaze, developed at Chelsea, was influenced by the potter's early interest in Asian ceramics. To offset the high cost of producing artistic lines, the Dedham Pottery relied on the success of the crackle glaze of its commercial tableware, another Asian-inspired effect, which has become a perennial collecting favorite.
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