Pisgah Forest Stoneware Vase




This rare Pisgah Forest handled vase is a creation of W. B. Stephens from North Carolina Pottery at the end of the Arts and Crafts era.  This fine vase features an unusual cameo decoration in white against a deep navy blue high glaze background.  The decoration, as pictured above, includes a variety of Masonic symbols... the pillars of Boaz and Jachin, hourglass, sun, moon, shovel, coffin and sprig of acacia. The bulbous base of the vase is a high glaze turquoise and the interior, a bright pink.  It measures 6 1/2" tall and is 5 3/4" wide at the looping, applied handles. It is marked with the Pisgah Forest raised in mold mark, the date, (which I think is 1940), and the signature, in ink, of W. B. Stephens.

The Coffin symbolizes "death to the old life"; this death is necessary before one can take part in the mysteries of Freemasonry and enter upon its duties. Like the "Phoenix," the resurrection to a new life is inferred. The "Coffin" containing the remains of a deceased friend and Brother reminds Masons that we are the custodians of a great heritage passed along to us in the story of the "Hiramic Legend"




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