Highly Decorated West TN Pottery Vase
Probably early 20th Century
10 ½ inches (height). Excellent condition.
The elaborate comb or "wave" decoration on this piece is quite extraordinary. Williams Galleries is aware of similar pieces of pottery (color and type of clay); however, not with such an involved and elaborate decoration. This piece was found near Paris, Tennessee.
"In west Tennessee, family potteries were primarily along the north-south West Tennessee Bedded-Clay Belt. Lading family potteries in the portion of the state were those operated by the Connor, Crave, and Reevely Families of Hardeman, Henderson, and Madison Counties, respectively. Grand Junction Pottery of Hardeman County, Currier-Weaver Pottery and W. D. Russell Pottery in Henry County, Pinson Pottery Company and Jackson Pottery Company in Madison County, and the Bluff City Terra Cotta Works of Shelby County were lading industrial firms." (Reference: Carroll Van West, et al. (ed.), article by Stephen D. Cox, The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture, 1998, Tennessee Historical Society.)