The Century House was the name of a tavern which had been built in 1836 in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1948, it was purchased by Priscilla Jane Scalbom, a Madison high school art teacher who had been educated at the Chicago Art Institute. She began making and selling pottery which she called Century House, after the building. In 1949, Max Howell, a California potter, joined her and they wed. They produced hand made pottery items until 1963 when they ceased pottery production but continued selling imported furniture and giftware. Century House pottery was never a large operation, although they did employ Zona Liberace, the famous pianist's mother. I was recently able to purchase a small amount of Century Hoyse pottery from an estate in west central Wisconsin. The pieces are earlier production and a couple have the initials DM or the name D Moore on the back. CH pieces signed by the artist aren't often seen. This auction is for a cereal or soup bowl. It stands 2" tall and has a 6" top diameter. The bottom is marked Century House Madison Wis and DM as shown. It's in wonderful, like new condition, no damage or wear. No reserve.
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