This beautiful bowl was made by the Hampshire Pottery Company in Keene, New Hampshire. The pottery began in a former clothespin factory in 1871, using local clay and clays imported from New York, New Jersey and Europe. Starting out producing flower pots, jugs and crocks, the company turned to molded art pottery by the late 1870's and introduced matte glazes in 1904. By 1923 they were out of business.
Although unmarked, this bowl has all the earmarks of Hampshire Pottery pieces. Typical is the silky matte Cucumber Green glaze, nicely mottled, pooled on the edges of the white bottom and dripped onto the inner upper rim, then thinly into the rest of the interior. The white bottom area is a classic characteristic of this pottery; kaolin, used in the manufacture of porcelain, was employed, along with white silica. The pinched upper rim with molded scroll decorations and the curved handle are also one of the Hampshire forms, sometimes identified as a sugar bowl.