Colorado Gallery

Broadmoor Deco and Ear Handled Vases

#75 2014-06-01

Broadmoor deco and ear handled vases were cataloged in their Colorado Springs pamphlet as numbers 103C and 138. They may be found marked either Denver or Colorado Springs since they continued to be produced in Denver after 1937.

Our first ear handled vase has Broadmoor's successful red (Oxblood) glaze. The handles on this example are very nice; more sharply formed than most.

Notice the rare "Broadmoor Art" mark (click) and the runny glaze ground off at the base. Footed and incised "Colorado Springs".

Note Broadmoor reds are typically just slightly runny, and don't need the grind-off.

This pair is also footed and with Colorado Springs marks. The sponge ware has red glaze dappled on white (click) with a plain white interior.

This beige crackle vase is ink stamped with its form number 138, and incised with the limited run number 49 (click).

These Denver examples are somewhat less interesting. Both have flat bases and ordinary marks, the green ink stamped (click), and the blue incised PH Genter (click).

Now consider two art deco handled vases. We see little of interest to report in them. They are probably less common than ear handled vases, but reasonably available.

The old timey green glaze was introduced by either JB Hunt or Howard Lewis. Not sure who. Both men must have had exposure to the well known glaze.

The blue is unmistakably a Howard Lewis glaze from his time as ceramist with Niloak. We call it "Peacock Blue", although purists may quibble with the name. 

Note also these vases are unmarked, but almost for sure Broadmoor Pottery-Denver.

Unmarked Broadmoors are "always" from Denver because ink stamps were added after (on top of) the lacquering on the bases. Years of wear and unwise scrubbing result in the removal of lacquer & ink stamps.

By contrast ink stamps on Colorado Springs pieces were applied to the fired bases before lacquering was applied. Colorado Springs ink stamps survive!

Finally this Colorado Springs deco vase is special. It has the rare dappled glaze, red on white, and a plain interior turquoise glaze to boot.

The dappling is less sharp than the eared example, but nonetheless makes a good companion piece.

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