Archives for January 2011

Roseville Pottery Chloron Line

By now, if you’ve read our blog for any length of time, you likely have read about several of the Roseville Pottery lines. It’s funny how you can be looking right at something, but it’s not until you come across a certain piece or even a photograph of that piece that you realize just how incredible that line truly is. This was the case with the Roseville Chloron line. The style, introduced in 1905, is considered art nouveau and it offers that matte green finish so many of us are attracted to. This matte gloss on the Roseville Chloron somehow reveals the dimensions in a way that’s hard to find in other art pottery makers.

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Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

There’s always several great finds on the Just Art Pottery New Arrivals page. The new year has, of course, brought new additions. Take a look:

Vibrant, colorful and vivid – these are the words that best describe the Pillin Pottery Art Deco Vase. This fiery vase incorporates Chinese reds, yellows and oranges. The black glaze provides a beautiful contrast. The vase is in mint condition with absolutely no flaws of any kind and the bottom is marked “Pillin” with the artist signing “W+P”. It measures 6 1/4” in height and is 4 3/4” wide. It’s truly a contemporary piece that is right at home for those love this style of art pottery and as it happens, this is just one of three Pillin Pottery pieces available now.

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Roseville Pottery – The “Glaze Before Shape” Rule

Roseville Tourmaline

Anyone who’s a fan of Roseville Pottery likely has heard of the “glaze before shape” rule. For those who have only recently discovered the beauty of this line of American art pottery may be a bit confused. Basically, because some shapes transcend the various Roseville Pottery lines, it makes for an easier and more accurate identification if one considers the glaze when trying to identify a piece instead of the shape. As Mark Bassett points out in Introducing Roseville Pottery:

(If you discover) a Roseville Futura shape that is white all over and has die-impressed marks, then your piece is from the Ivory line – even if the shape number is not listed under Ivory in the Roseville books.

Not only that, but this rule is applicable despite the die impressions that indicate a different line. There is a particular Rozane Royal ewer that is incorrectly marked as an Azurean piece. As with all rules, however, there is an exception. The Trial Glaze pieces switch the rule and make the shape the accurate identification method. Because these experimentals seem to be only a habit of Roseville potters, they are more valuable than other Roseville pottery.

Especially prior to 1910, the Roseville shapes that gained popularity with consumers often were the deciding factor when developing a new line. There was one line, the Roseville Tourmaline, that both introduced new shapes while also bringing several older shapes, courtesy of the Roseville Futura, Roseville Earlam and Roseville Imperial into the mix; further reiterating the importance of distinguishing one from the other.

Clearly, it’s easy to understand how confusing it can become when it comes to identifying Roseville lines. Once a

Roseville Artwood

collector can grasp the glaze before shape mindset, it usually becomes much smoother sailing. There’s one more reason to understanding the identification process: some lines are more valuable than others. You might think you’ve identified a Roseville Futura piece and bought it only to discover it’s actually a Roseville Artwood piece, which is not as valuable.

Roseville Pottery – Damage and Restorative Efforts

Roseville Apple Blossom

It’s only been in the recent past that collectors of Roseville Pottery began acknowledging that damage is sometimes inevitable. For many years, if there was any damage at all, collectors would pass on those pieces. Today, however, sellers who provide disclosures and “play fair” are far more likely to make a sale of their damaged Roseville pottery pieces. Interestingly, damage or imperfections made during the making of the pottery only adds to the personality of the piece and ensures its originality. It’s the damage incurred after it left the factory that had so many collectors saying, “No thanks”.

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Roseville Foxglove Pottery

Perhaps the most obvious indicator of Roseville Foxglove pottery are the handles found on the majority of the pieces. When it was introduced in the early 1940s, words such as “enchanting” and “delicate” were used to describe it. Those words were certainly accurate as Roseville Foxglove remains a collector’s favorite.

According to Mark Bassett’s Introducing Roseville Pottery, the pink and blue glazes will bring in handsome prices. In total, there were fifty-five shapes (although only fifty-three are shown in its factory stock pages), including several bowls, jardinières and a lovely Foxglove conch shell. There also exists at least one Foxglove vase that has double handles designed into it. It measures 6” and narrows in circumference the closer to the neck it gets. It’s really a very pretty design and shape. Also note, many of the Roseville Foxglove pieces have bases. In fact, several pieces appear to be resting on these raised bases.

Also, note the varying heights within each piece. These artistic efforts really added to the overall beauty, as they add dimension and depth. Depending on which colors you find, the flowers will be colored accordingly. For instance, on the red pieces (actually, the color appears more of a deep brownish/red), the flowers will be shaded in pink. On the blue or green Foxglove pieces, you’ll notice flowers in pink, yellow or even white. Regardless, they’re all beautiful. [Read more…]