This light green two-handled pottery vase is one of my favorite finds – ever.
I picked it off a flea market table somewhere in Michigan on a road trip with Aunt Rhoda, my personal finds guru and she of the wedding clock gift. In addition to miles of backroad stuff hunting, there was also a stop at Win Schuler’s, a windy lake cottage and a few bottles of red wine.
From that adventure I took home this $7.50 souvenir. How often do you see a goat-footed creature playing flute on a vase?
I’ve spent several years trying to identify its two-sided goodness. It’s a flat, hollow circle with two very deco handles. The shape is apparently called “ovoid” form, and the only markings on the bottom are a few numbers and a barely visible stamped “USA.”
I was hoping it was Clarice Cliff, which I covet something awful, but not so. It’s also not Van Briggle, Roseville, Rookwood, or anything nicely identifiable. I don’t care what it is, I love it – but the search has become my white whale, my celadon green pottery whale.
So help me, pottery people! I can no longer search for “glazed art pottery two-handled vase,” “grapevine circle deco pottery” or my personal favorite, “flute-playing satyr goat-footed green vase.”
I need collector expertise. Any ideas?