This wall pocket--or wall vase--was made between 1940 and 1955 by the Ceramic Arts Studio in Madison, Wisconsin. "Lotus" is a beautiful representation of a Burmese woman, wearing a traditional headdress and a robe decorated with raised black "embroidered" dragons at the neck. The finish is very high gloss, the colors vibrant, the look exotic. The wall pocket measures 9 inches tall, 6 inches wide at the widest point and projects about 3 1/2 inches from the wall. It weighs 1 1/2 pounds and there's a hole for hanging molded into the upper back.
The back is ink stamped in black at the bottom "LOTUS" and with their well-known semi-circle mark: Ceramic Arts Studio Madison Wisconsin, accompanied by a copyright symbol. As you can see, there are several hairlines in that bottom area. They do not show when the vase is mounted on the wall (unless you hang it several feet above your head and then you really have to look for them). They are not from a piece that was broken off and then glued back together, but are just fine lines in the clay. They don't affect the sturdiness and beauty of the piece, but they do affect the price. It's in otherwise excellent condition, with no chips, paint loss or cracks. "Lotus" has a male counterpart named "Manchu;" we don't have one to offer, but he's out there somewhere.
Ceramic Arts Studio pieces were sold at upscale retailers such as Marshall Field in the 1940s and 1950s, as appreciated then for their consistently high quality and original designs as they are today. They were the top-selling ceramics company in that time period, selling over half a million pieces a year in the late 1940s. This classic mid century wall pocket will add a touch of the Far East to your home. It's perfect for that spot where a painting or print just won't do.