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Denver Terra Cotta

no.052 2012-06-01

This time we show a few examples of Denver Terra Cotta pottery our favorite being the foxhound pup above. The base reads it was probably a salesman sample. Slightly smaller (and lighter) than the typical DTC piece it still weighs in at 2.75 lbs.

The original Denver Terra Cotta Company was founded in the early 1910s by employee George Fackt of St Louis Terra Cotta. It was later acquired by Chicago's Northwestern Terra Cotta in 1924. Northwestern also established a St Louis plant around the same time, but Northwestern-Denver was the last to shut down in 1965.

Our charging elephant at over seven pounds had been painted over and looks like it has a dark gray glaze underneath similar to the owls below.

Rick Wilson believes the unmarked tray is DTC and our unmarked sphinx bookend also resembles the ware in clay texture, finish and weight.

This red vase with a swirly DTCCo mark probably predates the Northwestern years. We also spotted the vase in yellow.

Another likely early DTC form is this beautiful high matte green frog with an impressed mark. Colorado Pottery also shows this frog in a gloss green.

Our matte yellow frog with the same form was made by Broadmoor at Colorado Springs in the 1930s and the one in bisque is Morrison Terra Cotta. Colorado Pottery also shows the frog in red by Broadmoor.

Colorado Pottery has a more thorough write-up on Denver Terra Cotta.

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