Gift of the daughters of William H. Fulper III, in honor of their grandfather, William H. Fulper II, 1984
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
This monumental vase, one of a pair made specifically for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, flanked the Fulper Pottery's exhibit there. The judges at the fair awarded the firm a gold Medal of Honor for its display. The vase is a striking example of one of over one hundred glazes developed under Fulper's art pottery line, "Vasekraft," which was introduced in 1909. The size of the vase underscores technical achievement: its graceful form and its ability to withstand firing without breaking are unusual in such a large piece. The vase descended in the family of William H. Fulper II.
Inscription: [on original paper label affixed to side of vase] PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION SAN FRANCISCO 1915 /HIGHEST AWARD TO FULPER POTTERY.
Marking: [stamped vertically in rectangle on underside] FULPER
Agnes Fulper, Yardley, Pennsylvania, Rada Fulper Merlino, Yardley, Pennsylvania, Julia Fulper Hardt, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Anne Fulper, New York, until 1984