The Weller Pottery Company was established in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1882, the outgrowth of a small one-kiln log cabin works Sam Weller had operated in Fultonham. In 1895 the company entered the art pottery field. Through the years it grew into one of the largest potteries in the country and was home to many renowned designers and decorators. The depression brought a slow, steady decline in sales and in 1948 the pottery was closed.
This lovely ewer is from their "Louwelsa" line, circa 1900. The name Louwelsa (L-o-u from the first three letters of his daughter's name, Louise; w-e-l from his last name and S.A. his initials). The tri-fold spout, long slender neck, flattened round body and gracefully arched handle spells pure elegance of design. The motif is a cluster of golden yellow Chrysanthemum blossoms against the standard dark brown high glaze. The ewer measures 8 1/2" in height, 6 1/2" across the base and 3 1/4" across the spout. Impressed mark on the base "Louwelsa S Weller - 588" There is an old repair to a chip on the underside of the tri-fold top; unseen if not examined closely (see photo) otherwise no condition issues.