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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I have a very interesting pottery vase with a slightly abstract design that I am looking to identify and date. This piece is 8 1/4" high and measures 2 3/4" diameter at the top, flares out to 4 1/2" near the base and then ends up at 4" across at the bottom. It has two handles, a carved abstract design and is in a rust colored glaze. The pottery body appears to be a yellow clay and it appears to be hand signed on the bottom with the name POLLOCK and stamped with the numbers 113.
    I purchased it in a lot of pottery years ago in Washington State. I have had someone suggest the possibility that it could have been done between 1928 - 1930 by Jackson Pollock when he was a student at the Manual Arts High School in L.A. Apparently he dabbled in ceramics during this time.
    Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations on how I might go about authenticating that. Otherwise, I would still be interested in finding any information at all about the piece, whether it is THE Jackson Pollock or not. Thank you in advance.

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    1. tonyv414, 9 years ago
      Is the piece molded? i.e., Are those handles solid or hollow? If it is a molded piece - it wouldn't be JP. The shape looks Arts & Crafts/Mission era and the clay and glaze look like those used by several U.S. midwestern/central plains potteries. Also. could the signature be Pallock, rather than Pollock?
    2. Rogueroman Rogueroman, 9 years ago
      Thank you for your reply. Well, it definitely isn't Jackson Pollock. I heard back from a couple of galleries which confirmed that. I thought it looked Arts andCrafts myself, but both seem to think that it was made in the 1940's. After looking at the signature, it is possible it says Pallock, but I am still leaning towards Pollock. Know one, however, seems to know what company produced it or what area of the country it was from. I keep hoping someone may know some information and hit me up.

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