Luster glaze vase by Ione Wheeler. This is an important vase. Ione Wheeler was one of the pioneers of luster glazes. Elected first vice president of the Chicago Ceramic Art Association in 1893. The Keramic Studio magazine (Vol. 16) 1915, mentions "The Luster Group Ione Wheeler prize" awarded during the Associations 1915 exhibit at The Art Institute.
"IONE WHEELER, Ceramic worker and decorator of China, Instructor. Born Illinois. Pupil of E. Beachy, A. A. Greene, B. Bennett, A. Gunther, and R. H. Johonnat. Director of Art at Rockford College 1910, 1911, 1912. Faculty Inst. Convent of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, Ill. Exhibited AIC, P.-P.Exp., Nebraska Art Ass., General Fed. of Women's Clubs at Springfield, Ill. Represented in collection of Minn. State Col., Lincoln, Neb., University. Member of Chicago AG. and Cerm. A.A. Awards: AIC, special prize for Lustre collection; Ill. State Fair, 1913, Fine Arts Building prize, 1917, for lustre collection." - Who's Who in The Artists' Guild 1917.
This vase exhibits beautiful shades of green, blue, gold, red and purple in a matt finish.
The porcelain blank is probably from Europe. During this time decorating procelain was a popular pastime.