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Flower / Star Four Dots Vase - Michael Cohen, Massachusetts

Post by Qnssekr on Mon May 25, 2015 2:42 pm

Hi. I am new to this forum and I have a few Mid Century pottery pieces that need to be identified. My knowledge of ceramics and pottery is limited to bare with me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My first piece is a nice green and blue vase with a matte glaze finish. I think the vase is made of clay. It measures 9 3/4" high by 4 1/4" in diameter at the base. The vase is marked at the bottom with a circular stamp that is a four pointed flower or star with four dots. Has anyone seen this mark before and would it be North American or Scandinavian? Thanks!
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Re: Flower / Star Four Dots Vase - Michael Cohen, Massachusetts

Post by studio-pots on Mon May 25, 2015 4:42 pm

Welcome to the Forum. Can't say who it's by but I would be very surprised if it was Scandinavian.

Did you buy it locally to you?

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Post by NaomiM on Mon May 25, 2015 7:43 pm

Just seen a similar mark elsewhere. Someone suggested Eric Leaper or S Saint Leger, but those seemed to be an unbroken cross and 4 dots.

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Post by Qnssekr on Tue May 26, 2015 4:35 pm

Hi, Studio pots! I did buy the vase locally at a thrift shop in NYC.

Hi Naomi, I will look into those names.

Can anyone recommend a good book(s) on 20th Century Pottery?

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Re: Flower / Star Four Dots Vase - Michael Cohen, Massachusetts

Post by studio-pots on Tue May 26, 2015 5:04 pm

There is a book on British marks but seeing as you found this in NYC and the mark and glaze style don't look British I suspect that it is by an American potter.

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Post by NaomiM on Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:31 pm

Agreed, most probably American. St Leger seemed to do slipware and it isn't the style or glazes of Leaper's work

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Re: Flower / Star Four Dots Vase - Michael Cohen, Massachusetts

Post by GMac on Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:48 pm

This is the mark of Massachusetts potter Michael Cohen.
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Re: Flower / Star Four Dots Vase - Michael Cohen, Massachusetts

Post by NaomiM on Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:21 am

Thank you GMac, great to have an ID. Most Excellent

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