Weller Pottery Forest Pattern Vase

This is Weller Forest Pattern Vase. It features a hand painted embossed forest scene with trees, a waterfall and a stream done in a matte finish of green, blue and brown. The piece is 8 1/4 inches tall, rests on four feet and weighs 1 1/2 pounds on my scale. The pattern was designed by Rudolph Lober in the mid teens and manufactured by Weller Pottery until 1928. The story is, Mr. Lober was inspired to create the pattern from viewing a countryside scene he observed from a train. The vase is marked on the bottom with a hand printed letter J which probably denotes the artist. According to the Huxford book here-in-after cited these vases were not marked with the Weller mark. The identical vase in a predominately brown color is pictured in "The Collectors Encyclopedia of Weller Pottery" by Sharon and Bob Huxford at page 169, Row 2, Item 2. There is a possible professional repair at the base of one of the trees that extend to the bottom edge on the end furthest from the J mark. I do not consider this disfiguring and it is almost impossible to detect as the piece sits, The vase is in otherwise very good condition for a piece 100 years old and I can find no other crazing, chips, cracks or mold flaws. I believe this is a fairly rare piece of Weller as in my many years of buying, selling and collecting it, this is the first of these vases ... read more