This set is huge and striking, would make a great display piece on a sideboard or guest bedroom dresser. The beautiful forest-green chrysanthemums are very Art Nouveau in design. This washbasin and pitcher were part of a premium program begun by the Larkin Soap Company in 1903 to boost sales. The more soap and other products of theirs you bought, the higher the premium you could get. The program was wildly popular.
They gave away oak furniture of every description including dining room sets, elaborate desks, and dressers, and every household item you can think of. They also would just sell the premium pieces from a catalog. The wash basin and pitcher were meant to be used in a bedroom or bathroom, sitting on a beautifully made solid oak washstand which had cabinets, drawers and a towel rack.
The chrysanthemum transfer is lovely, done with a forest green ink it also came in the more traditional blue. The pottery pitcher has many decorative details, including a scrolled handle on the pitcher and embossing across two scalloped edges on the basin. This set is in very good condition, bright white and beautiful, with perfect chrysanthemum transfers on multiple areas of both pieces.
The pitcher is in slightly better condition than the basin, but neither has chips or broken pieces. One hairline crack is seen in the basin up one of the embossed areas. A number of manufacturing defects from casting the pottery, transferring the inked chrysanthemum image and glazing the surface do exist, all minor.Two slight dents seen around pitchers rim are not repaired chips but manufacturing defects. There is crazing throughout, but it is very clean. The basin has some glazing drips from a slightly careless job, but it only affects the finish slightly and can only be seen in the right light.
There is some faint staining in the floor of the basin where the pitcher rests, from many years of water sitting under the pitcher. None of the above-mentioned minor issues detract from the stunning presence of this set.
Please examine all pictures carefully to get a fully accurate estimation of the condition of the wash basin and pitcher. I have many other pictures, please send me a message if you would like to see more. Measurements are as follows: Basin is 16.75/42.5cm in diameter from one embossed area to the other and 16.125/42cm diameter at non-embossed basin rims, height 4.75/12cm; pitcher is 11/ 28cm high to lip of pitcher and 8.25/21cm wide at the bodys widest point, distance from lip of pitcher to outer edge of handle is 9.75/24.5.Pitcher can hold 160 oz/1.25 gallons/4.75L. An absolutely gorgeous example of Buffalo Pottery ware at its finest! Buffalo Pottery was named after the American city it was created in. The Buffalo Pottery story began when the owner of the Larkin Soap Company decided to commission a limited edition soap dish to hype flagging sales while differentiating the brand from competitors. Over time, Buffalo Pottery products grew more popular than the soap so the same clued-up marketer who came up with the idea for the soap dish premium Mr. Larkin diversified his holdings and opened a pottery business. Buffalo Pottery was located on 8.5 acres at Seneca Street and Hayes Place in Buffalo, New York.
At the time of its completion in 1903, the 80,000 square foot plant was the largest fireproof pottery in the world; and it was also the only pottery in the world completely operated by electricity. In addition to the china produced for distribution as premiums to Larkin customers, Buffalo Pottery produced many lines of semi-vitreous china, including Deldare Ware, Roosevelt Bears, and Abino Ware, as well as the first Blue Willow dinnerware manufactured in the United States.  These wares were distributed via wholesale and retail channels. Thank you for visiting my store! Feel free to check out my other items to see if theres something else that catches your eye.
Please view all pictures carefully as they most accurately depict the condition of an item. Measurements are approximate, done to the best of my ability. Feel free to contact me if you would like additional pictures or more information about anything I have for sale. All of my sale items have been cherished and carefully cared for over the years, and mine has always been a smoke-free home.Everything has been stored inside boxes in my clean and dry basement or inside cabinets or furniture. I do have dogs, but they do not come into contact with my sale merchandise, and everything I sell, especially any cloth or soft material items, has been thoroughly cleaned before being put up for sale. I have always been known for my very careful packaging in order to ensure there will be no movement or breakage in transit of any item I sell. The item "1905 Buffalo Pottery Ironstone Wash Basin and Pitcher Green Chrysanthemum" is in sale since Thursday, June 17, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Dinnerware & Serveware\Jugs & Pitchers".
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