Archives for July 2009

Record Sale Price for Ephraim Pottery Tile

A scarce Ephraim Faience Pottery River Falls tile sold recently sold on eBay for what is believed to be a record price of $510. 

Ephraim Pottery discontinued making tiles in 2004.  Records show approximately 30 different tiles were produced although I suspect there are other experimental or non-standard product development tiles out there.

The River Falls tile was discontinued in 2004 after a production run of 234 pieces.  The tile originally retailed for $58.  It is a very beautiful and highly decorative piece and not a bad return on your investment.   

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Roseville Pottery – Top Art Deco Patterns

A mid century modern collector/decorator just asked me the other day, "What are the best art deco patterns produced by Roseville?"

So here is my top 10 list for collectors and decorators interested in art deco or mid-century modern pottery by Roseville:

1. Futura – Probably very little debate that this is the most popular art deco pattern produceDSC08605d by  Roseville or probably any other American art pottery maker for that matter.

2. Moderne – The handles and designs on the pattern make this a very popular deco pattern.

3. Artwood – This art deco pattern has become really hot with mid century modern collectors. We recently got a nice collection of Artwood and it has been selling rapidly.

4. Raymor Modern Stoneware – A popular mid-century modern dinnerware line designed by Ben Seibel.

5. Ming Tree This Roseville pattern offers bright colors and a nice Chinese modern style.

6. Rozane Patterns – Simple classical shapes with matte or glossy glazes.  This pattern is


gaining in popularity. 

7. Wincraft – Very affordable Roseville mid-century modern style produced in colorful blue, green and tan high gloss glazes.

8. Mayfair – This is an art deco pattern that has historically been under appreciated by Roseville collectors. It is finally starting to see an increase in collector interest.

9.  Dawn – Very collectible Roseville pattern with pleasing art deco shapes. It is hard to find this  pattern without minor damage to the corners.

10. Orian -  Simple art deco modern shapes produced in standard colors of high glaze red, blue, tan and yellow.

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Roseville Pottery Top 10 Patterns –

The top ten most searched Roseville Pottery Patterns on for June 2009 are below: DSC_0804z

  1. Pinecone
  2. Apple Blossom
  3. Freesia
  4. Bushberry
  5. Magnolia
  6. Zephyr Lily
  7. Sunflower
  8. Peony
  9. White Rose
  10. Bleeding Heart

Other notable Roseville patterns just outside the top ten include Fuchsia, Baneda and Snowberry.

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Record Sale Price for Newcomb Pottery Vase reports that on June 27, 2009 Neal Auction obtained a world record price for a 1904 Newcomb-record-vase 2009 Newcomb College high glaze pottery vase. The vase is 13" tall and decorated with incised design of jackmanii climbing clematis in blue, green and yellow underglaze by Maria de Hoa LeBlanc.  The pre-sale estimated price for the vase was between $35,000 to $50,000.  The final selling price including the buyer's premium was an amazing $169,200.  The previous record sale price for a Newcomb College vase was $108,400 in 2006.  

The auction house noted "LeBlanc's vase is an outstanding example of Newcomb pottery for several reasons, including the large size, the unusual and deeply carved climbing clematis motif and a flawless, high-gloss glaze."  Photo from and Neal Auction. 

Read more about the vase at

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