Yesterday I received an email from a potential Grueby Pottery customer who was told by an alleged "pottery expert" that the impressed Grueby stamp mark was not authentic and was a mark that was used on "fake Grueby Pottery".
I recognize that fakes and reproductions of Grueby, Roseville, Weller, Van Briggle and many other art pottery makers are becoming more and more of a concern to pottery collectors. As such, I thought it might be helpful to provide some visual ads of original Grueby pottery marks.
1. Circular Grueby Boston USA Stamp
Below is an example of the circular Grueby stamp mark. This is the most commonly seen Grueby pottery mark and is present on probably 70% of the pieces. In addition to the circular Grueby stamp, the second photo also has the original Grueby Pottery paper label which is not commonly seen.
2. Impressed GRUEBY BOSTON. MASS mark
3. Other authentic Grueby Pottery marks
Grueby pottery also used a few variations of the stamp mark including:
- ATWOOD & GRUEBY
- GRUEBY POTTERY BOSTON USA
While I don’t have visual examples of these particular stamp marks, they are documented in The Ceramics of William H. Grueby by Susan Montgomery.
4. Unmarked examples of Grueby Pottery
It is important to note that not all Grueby was marked so it is not uncommon to find unmarked examples of Grueby.
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