Talavera, Mexico Pottery Vase Signed T. Ruth With Moons and Stars
A very eye-catching moons and stars design on a mottled dark blue background distinguishes this piece of folk pottery made in Talavera, Mexico. Made of red clay that is visible on the unglazed, unpainted foot ring, the interior and the base were given a creamy white glaze. The dark blue paint of the ground was applied unevenly, which gives it its mottled appearance; it goes over the edge into the inside about 1/4 inch and onto the bottom in a few areas. The bottom is glazed white and signed: T. RutH MÉXICO (underlined twice with two dots under that) and a mark to the left that looks like an asterisk. The marks are handwritten in black under the clear glaze. There are two large crescent moons (one with red lips!) and fifteen stars in varying sizes.
The vase measures 7 1/2 inches tall and stands on a 4 inch round base. The mouth is 4 1/2 inches across, it's a little over 5 inches wide at the belly and weighs about two pounds. There are several lumps and bumps of excess clay on the interior and an area of crazing in the white glaze on the bottom. It's in great shape and an excellent decorative vase and/or addition to a pottery collection.