Peters and Reed 2 Handled Vase
John Peters and Adam Reed were both employed by the Weller Pottery Company in 1898 when they decided to start their own pottery company. Over the next 22 years, many lines were created including their first successful art pottery line which had a dark brown "Standard Glaze" background with a small amount of molded and applied decorations including flowers, grapes, and portraits. A great many of the shapes in this line have been proven to be Weller molds. Consequently, some attribute this line to Weller, while others feel that Peters and Reed most likely contracted with Weller for the greenware, then added their own decorations and finishes. In 1921, the company became known as the Zane Pottery Company. While some of the same shapes were carried over to Zane Pottery, the later pieces will be marked, and tend to be much lighter in color.
This vase is blended. The colors range from chocolate brown to lighter brown, green and yellow. It is decorated on one side with what appears to be a cluster of leaves. It appears that the leaves were created during the making of the vase, rather than molded and later applied as was the case with much of Peters and Reed's work. It stands 6" tall, and is 6" wide. The opening measures 2 1/2". It is in excellent condition with no damage of any kind. It is not marked.