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Be sure to check out our annual Black Friday Sale. We have recently added several nice collections of Rookwood, Roseville and a very large collection of Van Briggle including many floor vases, limited edition Van Briggle Collector Society pieces, figural designs, as well as good, early 1920s arts and crafts examples. The Rookwood pottery includes production and artist signed examples including pieces from William Hentschel, Charles Todd, Lenore Asbury to name a few. The Roseville includes nice examples of Roseville Dogwood, Rosecraft Hexagon, Vintage and much more. Shop now for the best selection.
Below is a guest post from noted Van Briggle author and collector Kathy Honea
Described in Van Briggle early literature as a glaze containing the browns and greens found in a mountain crag, this glaze consists of a rich honey-brown with over spray of a medium-bright green.
Although certainly numerous shades of brown and green glazes were produced within the first decade of Van Briggle pottery production, this particular combination of these specific colors was prevalent in the 1920s until the mid-1930s period. Historically, the story has been repeated that the formulas for these colors were lost in the flood of 1935; which destroyed the east side of the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery building, and swept pottery, molds and written documents into the adjacent river.
Two different Van Briggle sales postcards, dating to the early 1920s; depict Van Briggle design examples, and list the glazes available as: Mulberry, Turquoise Blue and Mountain Crag Brown. These same three glaze colors were also listed in early brochures.
A few pottery examples from the 1950s have mysteriously surfaced in the Mountain Crag Brown glaze. This has been explained by Fred Wills, Van Briggle potter from 1947 to 1988, who corroborated that a potter who had worked in the 1930s and remained at Van Briggle Pottery into the 1950s, did prepare the Mountain Crag Brown glazes once and fired some pieces for sale. Fred Wills explains that potters preparing glazes multiple times, would have the formulas memorized and it would not be unusual for them to be able to reproduce them years later.
For some unknown reason, the name of the Mountain Crag Brown glaze was later incorrectly repeated as “Mountain Craig Brown” and stories even surfaced that the glaze may have been named after the Colorado painter, Charles Craig. Two previous Van Briggle authors have agreed that the perpetuation of the “Mountain Craig Brown” name has been in error.
Although commonly, but incorrectly, still referred to as “Mountain Craig Brown” we can definitely state that the early literature named the popular glaze “Mountain Crag Brown” and even elaborated the rationale for the glaze, as representing the colors found in a mountain crag.
It’s always exciting when we add a new arrival from a Roseville Pottery pattern and we’ve recently added several pieces of Roseville in different patterns on our New Arrivals page.
Roseville Baneda bowl
The Roseville Baneda pattern is a favorite among many collectors. It’s the color hues that are remarkable. Even those who prefer the traditional single-color matte finishes often remark on the vivid and bright presentation these color choices bring to this pattern. We have a couple of new Baneda pieces we’ve just added. The Roseville Baneda green vase offers those low resting handles that are always popular. Remember, this pattern was often marked with the foil labels – and this vase has its intact. It’s a lovely piece in mint condition- definitely worth a look.
Our second Baneda new arrival is the classic green jardinière. It’s in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, damage or repairs of any kind. This piece is marked with a red crayon, which is also another popular way of marking these patterns. It’s a nice size, coming in it 4 ¼ inches in height and at its widest, it measures 5 ¾ inches.
And speaking of those vivid color schemes, we also just added a Roseville Wisteria tan bowl as well as a Wisteria tan vase. The greens, purples and yellows in varying hues really define this pattern. Of course, the purple is shown on the grapes and both are perfect for placing in your kitchen.
Both are in mint condition and the bowl measures 4 ¼ inches tall and 6 inches wide while the vase measures 8 ¼ inches in height and is 7 inches wide.
This is just a few of our new arrivals and as always, check in often – you never know what you’ll find.
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The Roseville Falline line is one of the smallest collections in Roseville Pottery, with just 16 pieces. Considered a middle period Art Deco line, it was introduced in 1933. Many collectors use the word “elegant” to describe this line – and rightfully so. Frank Ferrell was the primary designer and the Falline line (“Fay Leen”), is easily identified because of the pea pods that adorn the various pieces. They run vertically, each with handles on both sides. There were two color patterns, those with various browns and greens and the more popular blue/green/yellow combinations.
The Art of Roseville Falline
The artistic efforts, even though they were pea pods, are quite beautiful.
Many of the pieces are darker or of different colors the closer to the top you get. It adds a certain dimension and because it’s unlike most other art pottery pieces of that era, it’s likely one reason people describe it as elegant and sophisticated.
Sometimes artists attempt to present a simple effort. They want the color combinations or perhaps the quality of the product to shine through. It’s not known, of course, if this was Ferrell’s purpose, regardless, it quickly became – and remains so today – one of the most loved Roseville Pottery lines.
Remember, this line was introduced in 1933, the same year Baneda, with its stunning shapes and hues, Blackberry, known for the nature motif of leaves and berries and Primrose, the lighter more feminine offering of the day, made their debuts. These middle period collections reveal the best of Roseville Pottery and its artists.
With just 16 items in this collection, mostly bowls, candlesticks and pitchers of varying sizes, it’s one of those highly sought after patterns.
If you collect Falline, you likely know how rare it is to find. It’s an art pottery collector’s dream.