Vase (model 136)



Vase (model 136)


Gates Potteries


1901-22 (ca.)


2 x 9 inches (d)


Glazed earthenware

Object No.


Credit line

Gift of Cara Corbo and Ted Lytwyn in Memory of Nancy Strathearn


Impressed vertically on the base (twice): TECO


Although at first glance this vessel’s low profile and squat proportions are more in keeping with a bowl, the firm’s 1905 Hints for Gifts and Home Decoration provides a lengthy description that clarifies the vase’s purpose: “A cut flower vase, designed by F. Albert; especially intended for the arrangement of short stemmed flowers, such as pansies, pond lilies, nasturtiums, etc. Fitted with a Teco flower holder, daffodils, Chinese lilies, tulips, etc., are very effective. Two inches high, eight inches wide. This vase is very popular as an ornament for table, shelf cabinet, etc., as well as being charming when used with the flowers indicated above.”

Although the firm was frequently mentioned in The Craftsman, some of these appear to be examples of self-promotion rather than reviews or commentary. One such mention, in November 1904, reminded readers that with Christmas soon approaching, “the old and never settled question as to what is the best present arises anew.” Teco pottery, the magazine surmised, was the perfect gift because of its quiet, green tones, pleasing forms, were “pleasing to the eye, and soothing to the nerves.” “We are a nervous people,” The Craftsman told readers, “made so by our strenuous life. In our quiet moments we should so surround ourselves with objects of subdued tone, beautiful form and generally pleasing appearance, that they will have a direct and soothing influence on our rasped nerves.”

Associated names

Fritz Albert