Archives for February 2011

Rare Roseville Vase In March 6, 2011 Auction

Without question the rarest vase in Just Art Pottery Auctions current auction ending March 6, 2011 is the Roseville vase decorated with fish.  The vase is a one-of-a-kind example of hand-decorated

Roseville Fish Vase For Sale At Auction

Roseville pottery at its best.  The vase descended through the family of a Roseville Pottery employee and this is the first time it has been offered for sale.

Roseville Fish Vase For Sale on

There are eight raised fish and seaweed around the perimeter of the vase. The fish are finished in a glossy pearl glaze.  The base glaze is textured, mottled and rough finished in shades of green and blue with copper highlights.  The Roseville vase stands right at 10″ tall and 6″ wide.  When we received the vase from the estate there were three small and harmless base edge chips. These chips have been professionally restored.  The rare Roseville vase is being offered at no reserve with a low starting bid of $2,500.  The pre-sale estimate on the vase is $5,000 to $7,500.

Below is the interesting story of  the history of the Roseville vase as told by a member of the Fraunfelter family.

We received four Roseville vases from Helen Fraunfelter Fogle in 1990.  Helen was the daughter of George Elias Fraunfelter, who ran Fraunfelter China until it was forced into bankruptcy in the late1930’s.  She was the granddaughter of Charles D. Fraunfelter, who worked for Roseville Pottery as Sales Manager until 1915 when he purchased the Ohio Pottery Company which eventually became Fraunfelter China.  Charles D. Fraunfelter’s wife’s uncle was George Emerson who was President of Roseville Pottery in 1899.

Roseville Fish Vase For Sale on

Helen Fogle had an eye for collecting and she came into possession of the four Roseville vases upon the death of George Elias Fraunfelter (George was the principal heir of George Emerson).  Two of the vases bear the “Mongol” imprint on the bottom.  The vase with the fish intrigued my aunt as she said she had not seen anything like it.  It was her wish that I distribute three pieces to her nieces and nephew and retain the Roseville vase with the fish.

Bidding on the Roseville Fish Vase or 150 additional pieces of American art pottery is currently available in the online auction between now and March 6, 2011 at or

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit our website or contact Greg Myroth at

Roseville Fish Vase At Auction

Bottom Marks of Roseville Fish Vase

Just Art Pottery Auctions

Since 1997, Just Art Pottery has provided collectors of American art pottery with some of the most well known and respected pottery lines in the world, including Roseville Pottery, Van Briggle, Rookwood, Newcomb College, Weller and many more. With the addition of Just Art Pottery Auctions, we have expanded our reach while providing yet another service to the art pottery community. We’re both very excited and quite proud of this project. Because it’s important our name symbolizes ethical business practices, competitive pricing and a wide variety of selections, you can be sure you’ll receive the same service and quality the Just Art Pottery brand is known for.  Whether you’re a new collector or the seasoned professional looking for investment quality art pottery, we invite you to take a look. We’re sure you’ll be as excited as we are.

The Just Art Pottery Auction site provides online bidding, absentee bidding, as well as an option for telephone bidding. Pottery buyers can bid in complete confidence knowing there are no hidden reserve prices and that the condition of each and every piece of pottery is clearly stated in the description and fully guaranteed.

Pottery buyers participating in the current online auction scheduled to close March 6, 2011 will discover one-of-a-kind Roseville Pottery pieces; investment quality examples of Weller and Rookwood pottery; an estate fresh Newcomb Pottery collection from Louisiana; a small collection of contemporary Ephraim Pottery from St. Louis and much more. Interested bidders can register and bid now until March 6, 2011 at or has regular live internet based auctions where all sale prices will be determined by competitive bidding by auction participants. Each item up for bid is shown with crisp photographs and the condition descriptions are all-inclusive, complete and fully guaranteed. Most pottery auctions will span between ten and twenty-one days so buyers can browse, bid and buy at their convenience in the comfort of their own homes.

“Online pottery auctions are something we’ve always been drawn to and have incorporated in our business model. Over the years many of our regular customers have asked us for the live, internet auction option on our website to both expand their collections of special pieces of art pottery and also to use as a method to sell their pottery when necessary. The Just Art Pottery Auction site has proven an invaluable tool not only as a service to our existing art pottery customers but also to reach new pottery buyers who are just discovering the rich history and beauty of this line of art”, says Greg Myroth, president and founder of Just Art Pottery.

For more information on the Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit or contact Greg Myroth at And don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, too! After you’ve had a chance to check out the auction site, drop us a line and let us know your thoughts – we love hearing from you.

Roseville Baneda Pottery Collection At Auction

Baneda Wall Pocket at Auction

The March 6, 2011 art pottery auction at offers a nice selection of high-end investment art pottery as well as entry level pieces for collectors just starting out.  One of the more interesting pottery consignments in the auction is an estate fresh collection of the highly collectible Roseville Baneda pattern.   The Baneda wall pockets are particularly rare.

Baneda Vase at Auction

Over the last 14 years, has had the opportunity to sell only a few of the Baneda wall pockets.  At one time, the green wall pocket was selling for $5,000 with a waiting list of Roseville wall pocket collectors wanting to purchase the piece to complete their wall pocket collection.   In addition to the matching pair of wall pockets, the art pottery auction offers a stunning pair of matching 10″ Roseville Baneda vases in green and pink. These larger vases are seldom seen on the auction block.

All four pieces of Baneda offer very crisp molds, with excellent color and glaze.  Best of all the four pieces are in mint condition without damage or repair.

Roseville Pottery introduced the Baneda pattern in 1932.  Baneda is considered a “middle period” pattern and is highly sought after by pottery collectors.  Each Baneda vase or bowl features a low-relief band of pumpkins including fruit and flowers still on the vine.  These designs are hand-decorated in orange and

Baneda Vase At Auction

yellow on a blue background.  Green Baneda has the look that is particularly sought-after by Arts and Crafts collectors.  Pink Baneda on the other hand offers stronger color contrast and a modern feel that is desired by Art Deco collectors.

To bid on the Roseville Baneda pottery or 150 additional quality pieces of American art pottery currently available in the live, online auction go to or

Baneda Wall Pocket at Auction

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit our website or contact Greg Myroth at

Collection of Roseville Baneda

Rare Roseville Della Robbia Vase at Auction

One of the rarest lots in the current live, internet auction is the Roseville Della Robbia

Rare Della Robbia Vase at Auction

vase. The vase features a design of eight highly detailed and deeply carved stylized fish extending the full perimeter of the vase. The vase is shown in a factory cut page in Bomm’s Roseville In All Its Splender on page 288.

The Della Robbia vase which stands 10 1/2″ tall is factory shape number D7. There is a professional, museum quality restoration to minor damage to the rim and base. There is no other damage or repair to the vase and the piece is cleanly marked with the Rozane Ware wafer mark. The body of the vase is initialed CH by the artist.

Auction bidding on the Della Robbia vase starts at $2,000 and the piece has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Online, absentee or phone bidding on the Della Robbia vase and over 150 lots of American art pottery is available now until March 6, 2011. Live, online bidding is available at or

All Della Robbia is considered rare and the highest valued art line ever produced by Roseville Pottery. High-end art pottery collectors and investors prefer Della Robbia with animal or people motifs over floral designs and demand is always highest for examples showing multiple colors.

Della Robbia is an early Roseville art line and was introduced by the company in 1906. Each example of Della Robbia was hand-carved and colored by hand so no two pieces are the same. The designs were decorated and applied by the sgraffito process of cutting away part of the surface layer of clay and stenciling on the design. Bassett’s Introducing Roseville Pottery indicates that factory stock pages show 3 tea pots and 18 vase shapes in the Della Robbia line. An additional 83 designs appear in the 1906 Rozane Ware catalog.

To bid on this item or 150 additional quality pieces of American art pottery go to or

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit or contact Greg Myroth at

Van Briggle Tile

It’s long since been established Artus Van Briggle was a big contributing factor in what’s known as the Art Nouvea movement. Those who appreciate the Van Briggle Pottery style can easily see it replicated in contemporary pottery efforts. It’s what happened following his death that some may not be aware of, however.

The production of the Van Briggle tiles did not even begin until after Artus Van Briggle’s death in 1904. Of course, the tiles used during the construction of the Memorial Pottery Plant were made by Van Briggle pottery; that said, this information was not made public until after the Memorial pottery opened.

Artus Van Briggle

These titles were created using dry-press tile machines along with leftover glaze that had first been used to glaze other pottery pieces. Interestingly, the pottery company advertised how the various tiles were created: either as hand-pressed or machine-pressed. That kind of disclosure simply isn’t found in today’s marketing and advertising efforts. Another way of distinguishing the machine from hand pressed pieces is by looking at the colors and finishes. Machine pressed tiles have a single color with a matte finish. Those that are hand pressed will be decorated with several colors and sometimes with incised designs. Speaking of marketing efforts, the company made suggestions in its advertising that the tiles would be ideal for use on one’s porch, laundry rooms, kitchens, fireplace mantles and even as wall coverings. To help further their efforts, many public buildings had (and many still do have) Van Briggle tiles installed.

These tiles were offered at the Memorial plant, which was designed by the famous architect Nicholas Van den Arend, on Uintah Street in Colorado Springs. It should be noted, too, that few of these tiles were ever marked, so discerning tile numbers can be a bit tricky, unless, of course, you stumble across one of the rare ones with incised letters and numbers.

Pennsbury Pottery

Pennsbury Pottery is one of those names we don’t always hear about. Founded in 1950 by Henry Below, his wife and son, it remained in business for just two decades before a fire destroyed it. Every time I see a piece of this unique art pottery, the first word that comes to mind is “Americana”. This line of folk art pottery depicts eagle designs, roosters and a traditional barber shop quartet, among others – all symbols of Americana. Mrs. Below is the one who most often created the artistic inclusions on the pottery. Perhaps it’s the depictions of Amish people that plays a role in this line of art pottery; it really allows it to stand apart from other pottery efforts during this twenty year time frame between 1950 and 1970. Because it was made in Pennsylvania, which is the heart of Amish country, it stands to reason inspiration would be pulled from such a gentle and noble people.

During its short run, plates, pitchers, tiles and vinegar and oil bottles were made available. Its first design in 1950 was a series of birds that many compare to the designs found on pottery by Stangl Company. Not only that, but Stangl Pottery also incorporated eagles as well as hen and rooster sets, which, of course is also found in Pennsbury Pottery.

There is another little known fact that sets Pennsbury apart. It created a rare Walt Disney plate. When we say “plate” – we mean only one single plate was ever made. It’s dated 1970 on the bottom and was made to memorialize and present to Walt Disney himself during the opening of the Walt Disney School in Pennsylvania. Research efforts yielded no further information on this piece, though it’s likely there are collectors who have been on the lookout for it many years.

A few of the official Pennsbury Pottery design names include “Black Rooster” “Hex Ware” “American Eagle” and the barber shop quartet is officially named “Sweet Adeline”.

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