Archives for January 2010

Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

Dickmanvase Every couple of weeks, we like to take a look at the new arrivals at Just Art Pottery.  You never know what treasures await you – Roseville Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, maybe a hard to find Teco Pottery vase.  Greg and his team have once again wowed American art pottery enthusiasts with the latest inventory additions.

If you're a big fan, as I am, of Ephraim Faience Pottery, then you have to see the latest additions from this varied but always lovely line of studio pottery.  Be sure to see the Ephraim Faience Pottery Panther Vase.  This experimental piece is in mint condition with absolutely no chips, damage or repairs of any kind.  The vase is noted as an experimental piece by the "E" on the bottom. The vase also marked by Ephraim founder Kevin Hicks.  The piece is 2 ¾" in height and measures 4" in width.  It's definitely a must have for admirers of this line of pottery.

If you like the colorful and whimsical side of Ephraim Faience Pottery, the experimental Turtle Vase that was just added is going to catch your eye.  The 7 ½" vase includes two turtles, which are quite detailed, as they're making their way out of the leaf design and up the smaller neck.  It is really a lovely vase and the brown and green coloring makes it a perfect fit in any collection. It too is stamped with an "E" and "Mary Pratt"Eph1

There are also a few Kenton Hills vases available.  Both considered hard to find, notice the reds that really stand out against these white vases.  These are sure to move fast.  Finally, there are several Rookwood Pottery production pieces, most dated between 1914 and 1925 and each in mint condition.  As always, we recommend you heading over to the New Arrivals page soon, as they don't tend to keep their new arrival statuses very long.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

A Peek Into the Just Art Pottery Bargain Bin

Bargain2 Just before the holidays overwhelmed us all, we announced a fun new way to own American art pottery.  The Just Art Pottery Bargain Bin has been a big success and has proven even more fun than we could have anticipated.  We thought this would be a good time to take a quick peek into what the bin holds this week.

Those most passionate about Scandinavian pottery will appreciate the Bing and Grondahl Art Deco Vase.  The darker, or mustard, brown glaze only adds to the elegance of the art pottery piece.  It's an 8" tall vase that won't remain a part of the bargain bin for long.

I'm always a fan of the smaller dainty and feminine art pottery pieces, such as the Cowan Pottery Ivory Candle Holders.  A soft butter glaze defines these candle holders and the absence of any flaws makes them ideal for your next dinner party.  They measure 1 ¾" tall and 2 ¾" wide.  They're simply lovely!

The very first art pottery piece my mother gave me was a McCoy Pottery wall pocket.  I still have it in my kitchen and the sentiment makes McCoy wall pockets a favorite for me.  The 1956 McCoy Pottery Bellows Wall Pocket is quite a unique piece to own for those who collect wall pockets.  This McCoy piece is in excellent condition with a small chip near the bottom that's not easily visible.   A very interesting shape with a center of grapes and green leaves make this a must have for McCoy lovers.

There's a beautiful 1929 Rookwood Pottery vase available too.  It touts a wider mouth that narrows towards the bottom.  The glaze is by Lorinda Epply and the vase itself is in mint condition.  The darker glaze makes it a dramatic inclusion for anyone who appreciates Rookwood Pottery.

Of course, these are just a few of the items currently available and as always, this list is constantly being updated due to the volume of sales and interest we've experienced.  If you're looking to expand your collection or just wish to see what's available, now's the time to do so and remember Bargainbin to check back often as the Just Art Pottery team adds items on a regular basis.  If you haven't signed on to receive the Just Art Pottery newsletter, it's another great way to stay current in both Just Art Pottery's goings-on as well as the American art pottery community as a whole.  Click here to sign up.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Is it Roseville Pottery?

DSC07969 The Cherub Cameo collection has often been attributed to the Roseville pottery; however, there are some collectors who believe the pattern was made by Weller or Owens.  It's a beautiful line with a matte fern color base and gold leafs that extend upwards.  White columns provide symmetry and the faces of white cherubs are placed in raised circles on the pieces. The result is an elegant collection that stands strong on its own or as part of the Roseville line.  There are umbrella stands, window boxes, jardinières, fern dishes and other various shaped bowls.  Depending on its size and condition, the pieces from the Cherub Cameo range from $100 upwards to $1500.

In Mark Bassett's book, Understanding Roseville Pottery, he outlines the justifications for the Cherub pattern belonging to the Roseville.  Many of the shapes found in this line, and especially the gate, were created only by Roseville Pottery at this particular time.  In addition, the clay bodies and glazes are very similar to that used on Roseville Donatello and Ivory Tint.  The issue with the Cherub Cameo pottery line is the absence or inconsistency of markings. 

Cherub pieces have been found with a factory shape number (584) die-impressed on the bottom of various PICT5014 sized jardinières.  However, Roseville historically placed the numerals indicating the size of the jardinière immediately after the shape number.  For some reason all the marked Cherub pieces have been found with the size notation below the shape number.  To further add to the debate, it is interesting to note that Owens Pottery sometimes marked its pottery with the size below the shape number as well.  However, Owens shape numbers and sizes are set in italic font unlike the marks seen on Cherub.

At this point we are firmly in the camp that believes the Cherub pattern was produced by Roseville Pottery.  However, if you're like me, you might discover DSC07972 you're more interested in this remarkable collection for the beauty it adds to any collection or as a stand alone rather than who made it. The greens and golds are simply striking as they play off the other and the cherubs centered in the circles only add to the unique look of this line of pottery.  And too, the mystery behind its maker makes for great dinner conversation and only adds to its charm. 

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Fulper Lamps

Fulper_Lamp As with most American art pottery companies, Fulper Pottery had a wide assortment of wares, each with different shapes, glazes, sizes and values.  One of the most significant productions from Fulper Pottery was its collection of lamps.  They have remained the most expensive of any Fulper pottery collections over the years. 

The shades were made with a heavy lead, along with either glass or clay and each Fulper lamp had incredible intricate detailing, the rarest of the designs being in 1910 when Fulper made available touring cars etched into the shades.  Many collectors believe these lamps were the best Fulper productions. 

What's especially remarkable about many of the lamps is that potters and artists often combined glass and ceramic during the heating and cooling processes.  Because each has its own reactions to various temperatures, this was not only risky, but could have proven dangerous for anyone in the vicinity during these particular procedures.

Another interesting fact is Fulper captured a covered Medal of Honor during the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition while William Fulper II was declared Master Craftsman during the same year.  The first half of this decade was especially exciting for the company.  It had award winning lamp designs along with the company's namesake receiving recognition as well.

Wondering just how valuable some of these lamps are?  A 1910 table lamp that is identified by several pieces of heavy leaded glass and a Japanese influenced shape and form is worth up to $28,000.  Another lamp made in the same year, called the "Toadstool Boudoir"  (pictured here) is distinguished by a glaze that's glossy in appearance and presents with a toadstool appearance is valued at up to $5,600.  It's important to remember these lamps were made for one five year period between 1910 through 1915.  For this reason, they're both rare and quite valuable.  According to Miller's How to Compare and Value American Art Pottery, even those Fulper lamps with damage can sometimes still be worth $20,000 or more. 

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Photo courtesy of Treasure or Not? How to Compare & Value American Art Pottery, David Rago & Suzanne Perrault, (Octopus Publishing, 2001)