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.
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.