Archives for February 2007

Required Reading For Weller Pottery Collectors

Pict7169_1 Ms. Ann Gilbert McDonald has recently released her latest book, ALL ABOUT WELLER, BOOK II, A History of Weller Pottery, the Founder, the Family, the Lines, and the Artists.  The book represents 30 years of research on the Weller Pottery Company. This valuable art pottery reference book comes in a hardbound edition, with price guide, and comprises ten chapters, 182 pages and is autographed by the author.

It includes biographies of the founder, Samuel A. Weller, the presidents of the Pottery, and several of the famous artists who worked there. The book begins with a description of some of the early lines, produced from 1894 to 1910, including Weller Lonhuda.

There are chapters on The Evolution of Weller Hudson, Weller artists, such as: Levi J. Burgess, Anthony Dunlavy, Gazo Fudji, William A. Long, Edward L. Pickens, Frank Ferrell, Claude Leffler, and Sarah R. McLaughlin. The last two chapters cover the garden wares, the Weller Birds and Animals, the tiles and plaques, and the fantasy figurines, such as Pan with Rabbit and Pan with Fife.

The appendices comprise Marks on Weller Pottery, Signatures of the Weller Artists, Chronology of the Pottery, and Methods of Production. A bibliography and index are also provided.

This information packed reference guide is a must read for all Weller Pottery collectors.

You can pre-order ALL ABOUT WELLER, BOOK II, A History of Weller Pottery, the Founder, the Family, the Lines, and the Artists now and the autographed book will ship after April 1, 2007.

Greg MyrothArt Pottery Reference Books

Red Wing Pottery

Antique Trader had an interesting article on Red Wing pottery this week.  In addition to historical information on Red Wing art pottery and RumRill ceramics, highlights included information on the 30th anniversary of the Red Wing Collector’s Society.  The club kicks off activities with its "MidWinter GetTogether" February 9-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.   The Society’s annual convention will be held July 11-15 in Red Wing.  Each year since 1977, the Red Wing Collectors Society has issued a commemorative based on a classic piece of Red Wing pottery to mark the annual convention.  The form of the commemorative is a closely guarded secret until it’s introduction at the convention.  The article notes that in 2002 a record price of almost $12,000 was realized for a complete commemorative set. 

Greg Myroth 

For more information go to www.redwingcollectors.org.

Roseville Pottery Prices – Effect of Color

The other day a new Roseville pottery collector asked, "Why does the exact same shape Roseville pinecone vase sell for so much more when it is blue than when it is green?"    Over the years we have been dealing in Roseville pottery, we have always seen price variations between the different colors in particular Roseville patterns.  Dsc3769

In general terms, blue has enjoyed status as a long-standing favorite color among many Roseville collectors.  As a result, prices for Roseville vases in what the current marketplace considers more desirable colors are often higher than prices realized for other colors in a particular pattern.  For example, on average a Roseville Wisteria vase in blue sells for 40 to 60% more than a vase in similar condition in brown.  A Roseville Baneda vase in green will typically see a similar value premium compared with the same vase in pink.   Other middle period Roseville pottery patterns that experience similar price premiums for the preferred color include: 

  • Roseville Carnelian II (red is valued higher than green/blue)
  • Roseville Cherry Blossom (pink is valued higher than brown)
  • Roseville Falline (blue is valued higher than brown)
  • Roseville Ferella (red is valued higher than brown)
  • Roseville Laurel (green is valued higher than red and yellow)
  • Roseville Morning Glory (green is valued higher than white)
  • Roseville Windsor (blue more highly collected than brown)

It is important to note that as collector interests and decorating styles and taste change so do the preferred colors for Roseville and other art pottery.  For example, over the last decade Roseville pinecone was substantially higher valued in the blue color than in brown or green.  However, over the last couple of years, prices for Roseville brown pinecone have risen to levels equal to blue.

Greg MyrothWe Got Roseville Pots in all the colors!