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    Posted 6 years ago

    VioletOrange
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    The Owen China Company of Minerva, Ohio introduced its Swastika Keramos line in 1906. Famous American potter John Lessell developed this line. He is best known for his later development of Weller LaSa. The Swastika Keramos line was produced only for a short period of time. Most believe the production ended by 1908. Many pieces have an iridescent, metallic glaze.

    My example is 10.5 inches tall and depicts a surreal landscape with barren trees highlighted against a fierce, electric sky and storm clouds. It is marked on the bottom with the raised “Swastika Keramos” wafer and “510j”.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      This company is new to me and I am absolutely amazed by the beauty of this piece.
      Did they have a Celtic or Euro association? (with the swastika and the Keramos name)
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning vase!!!
    3. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 6 years ago
      racer4four,

      There is not a lot of information available on this company. It did win the gold medal for the best semi-porcelain dinnerware at the international Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904.

      The factory was located in Minerva, Ohio, about 75 miles from where I live now. In 1884 it had a 1,200 population. At one point the Owen China Company employed 150 men year round; quite large for that time.

      The company's founder, Edward J. Owen , appears to have had roots outside the United States as historical records indicate the business was incorporated February 26, 1903 as a "foreign corporation".

      Owen himself was involved with the operation of many potteries in the first twenty or so years of the 20th Century, e.g. the East End Pottery in East Liverpool, Ohio, the Paden City Pottery, Paden City, Ohio and the Clichfield Pottery in Erwin, Tennessee.

      It was not uncommon for many skilled people to have immigrated here to the USA at that time, e.g. Harry Northwood of glass making fame immigrated to this area about then.

      The swastika is a decorative symbol that dates back to antiquity. The word’s origin is suastika, a word associated with any lucky or auspicious object. Cultures as diverse as Buddhism, Greco-Roman, Hinduism, Native American, and Slavic used the symbol.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks VO. Such a beautiful work. I did know the swastika was a very very old symbol...pity it's connotations have changed since WW2.
    5. inky inky, 6 years ago
      This just beautiful!!!..love it!!...:-)
    6. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      This piece is breathtaking it's so beautiful!
    7. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Penny & sklo42
    8. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      Stunning piece that I would love to own .. This ranks right up there amongst anything else being made in the world at that time .
    9. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much for your kind comments Marty
    10. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      What a Vase!! I just loooooooove the colors !!
    11. fionablack fionablack, 5 years ago
      Gorgeous vase..
    12. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 5 years ago
      Thanks Fionablack

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