In the early 1900s, the American Terra Cotta and & Ceramic Co. of Illinois launched an art pottery line called Teco. With designs by Chicago architects who worked in the Prairie style popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright, the minimalist pieces were defined by buttressed handles and feet. They were glazed in characteristic matte jade green, sandy yellow and cobalt blue. Teco vases produced between 1899 and 1920 often fetch four figures at auction, but now they’re now available from $60 to $195 as reissues by Prairie Arts, a manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright screens and stencils. The firm recently added five Teco styles to its existing collection of seven; the pieces are available in three classic glazes and five contemporary colors. Outdoor Room, 17311 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, (310) 454-5509; Historic Lighting, 114 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia, (626) 303-4899; and the Gamble House Bookstore, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, (626) 449-4178.
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