"VERY RARE & BEAUTIFUL OPALESCENT IRIDIZED CORALINE GLAZED PITCHER" (1903 - 1907) Attributed to ARC-EN-CIEL POTTERY COMPANY (John Lessell, Zanesville, Ohio)
Maximum dimensions: 9 inches (height), 7 inches (diameter).
Superb form with a bulb base, six-sided neckline and a wildly notched handle at its’ side. Of great importance is very rare opalescent and iridized glaze. The pitcher is glazed in a copper/gold lustre on the interior, with a coralline texture, sandy glazed exterior in a rich, bright iridized green and gold. This rare vessel is in mint condition, with normal wear to the interior finish. John Lessell, along with several other individuals, purchased the Radford Pottery
in Zanesville, Ohio in 1903. The name was changed Arc-En-Ciel Pottery Company, the French word for “rainbow.” In 1904, they exhibited at the St. Louis Exposition. In 1905, the pottery company’s name was changed to Brighton Pottery and closed in 1907. The pitcher, a collector’s piece, is not marked; however, a strong attribution to John Lessell as the maker, during his Arc-En-Ciel tenure, can be made. Many of the unique pieces made by the Arc-En-Ciel Pottery Company were not marked.