Archives for March 2007

Record Price for Frederick Rhead Vase

A record price of $516,000 for American art pottery was realized with the March 10, 2007 auction sale of a rare Frederick H. Rhead vase.  The previous record price for an American art pottery vase was $305,000 for an art nouveau Rookwood black iris vase sold in 2004.  The 11" vase was produced by Rhead around 1915 and was decorated with a California landscape including tall stylized trees and foliage against a dark blue ground.  Rhead_vase Photo courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Rhead was born in 1880 in Staffordshire England and came to the United States in 1902. Rhead is recognized by many American art pottery collectors from his time at Roseville, Weller, Arequipa, Jervis, and University City pottery.  In 1914 Frederick Rhead established Rhead Pottery in Santa Barbara, California.  In 1917 Rhead closed his pottery and returned to Zanesville where he went to work for American Encaustic Tiling Company.  He also served as art director at Homer Laughlin China Company and designed the art deco Fiesta dinnerware line.   

Below are sources for addition information on Frederick Rhead:

  • Frederick Hurten Rhead: An English Potter in America (Pennsylvania: Erie Art Musuem, 1986)
  • Rhead Artists & Potters, 1870-1950 (exhibit catalog organized by the Geffrye Museum London, 1986)

Greg Myroth – Just Art Pottery

Just Art Pottery Website Upgrade

Over the next couple of months we will be updating and redesigning the Just Art Pottery website.  Prior to initiating the redesign, we would be interested in hearing from customers regarding any features of our website that users find particularly useful or issues with our site that you are less than satisfied with.  Also if you are aware of particular features or options that would enhance the functionality and ease of shopping on our website, please let me know and I will pass that information on to our design team.

Some recent comments/ideas we have received from our pottery friends include:

  • Provide a method to maintain a database of customer want lists
  • Provide an affiliate and/or referral program
  • Enhance the site’s search features to make it easier to find new inventory additions
  • Add inventory numbers to our pottery to make phone orders easier
  • Put more items on sale!

I am looking forward to your feedback both positive and negative!

Greg Myroth – Just Art Pottery

Roseville Pottery Marks – Why the X?

I just received an email from a new Roseville pottery collector asking "Is this Roseville vase a factory second because it is marked with an X?"  While Rookwood pottery, some Scandinavian makers, and many other pottery companies including contemporary potters such as Ephraim Faience use an "X" mark to indicate factory seconds, at Roseville Pottery the letter "X" did not indicate a particular vase was of substandard production. 

It is believed by most Roseville pottery experts that the letter "X" mark on Roseville pottery was used to indicate a specific firing schedule.  As an example, the following photos show three Roseville Velmoss pieces each of which was marked from the Roseville factory with an underglaze "X".  None of these three examples exhibit any noticable factory flaws or irregularities.  Page 275 of Mark Bassett’s Introducing Roseville Pottery provides an additional example of the "X" mark and short discussion of the theory that the letter designation indicates a specific firing schedule.

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Look here for more information on Roseville Pottery marks.

Greg Myroth – Shop for Roseville Pottery

Roseville Pottery Prices

I had the pleasure of attending a Midwest art pottery estate auction last weekend.  I don’t have the opportunity to go to as many pottery auctions and shows as I used to so it was fun to get away and see the excitement of a live auction.

Overall prices were very strong for Roseville pottery.  Many patterns were selling well above current Roseville book prices and for whatever reason condition did not seem to be a factor in the prices collectors were willing to pay.   

Prices for middle period Roseville patterns such as Baneda, Futura, Luffa, Monticello and Sunflower were particularly strong.  Examples of a few Roseville pottery prices from the March 2007 auction include:

  • Roseville Sunflower Vase 493-9" $1,600
  • Roseville Blackberry Wall Pocket $1,425
  • Roseville Baneda Vase 593-8" (Green) $1,250
  • Roseville Victorian Art Vase 264-9" $1,000
  • Roseville Ferella Vase 509-8" (Red) Small nick $1,200

Prices for later floral Roseville patterns such as Bushberry, Columbine, Magnolia, Ming Tree, and Wincraft were also strong. 

Greg Myroth – Buying and Selling Roseville Pottery