Weller Pottery Patterns – Top 10

My top 10 Weller pottery patterns in terms of popularity.

  1. Weller Hudson – Hudson is the most recognized artist decorated line of Weller pottery.  There were many variations of Weller Hudson including Blue and Decorated, Copra, Gray (Hudson light), Perfecto, Rochelle and White and Decorated.  Many of Weller’s top decorators such as Hester Pillsbury, Sarah McLaughlin, Claude Leffler, Dorothy England (Laughead) and Sarah Timberlake decorated vases for the popular Hudson patterns.
  2. Weller Sicard – The Sicard line was introduced by Jacques Sicard in 1901.  Sicard had worked with Clement Massier and under intense secrecy perfected the iridescent metallic glaze.  Most examples of Weller Sicard are found marked with Sicard or Sicardo Weller on the body and often as an integral part of the artwork.  Pict1086
  3. Weller Louwelsa – The Louwelsa pattern was introduced to compete with Rookwood’s standard glaze and Roseville’s Rozane.  Louwelsa has maintained a broad collector interest throughout the history of American art pottery.  In addition to Weller’s standard glaze, Louwelsa vases were produced in red, blue, green and matte glaze.  Weller Louwelsa portrait vases are rare and highly sought after by collectors.  Portrait vases typically include subject matter such as Native Americans, monks, cavaliers as well as animals such as cats and dogs.
  4. Weller Woodcraft/Muskota -The Weller Woodcraft line, particularly pieces decorated with Muskota figures are extremely popular with art pottery collectors.  Weller Muskota figures include butterflies, birds, fish, other animals, nudes, and children.
  5. Weller Camelot – The highly decorative Camelot line is very popular with Weller collectors.  It seems we find 3 to 5 pieces of Weller Camelot a year and typically sell them within a week or so.  Camelot vases are typically smaller in stature than many other Weller Pottery patterns.  Some Weller experts believe Camelot was originally called Souevo I. 
  6. Weller Art Nouveau – Sam Weller introduced the Weller Art Nouveau line in response to the Art Nouveau movement, which began in Paris in the late 1800s. Weller Art Nouveau is typically found with a light/medium green to buff color matte ground with raised designs of ladies with flowing dresses or fruits and florals. 
  7. Weller Glendale – The Weller Glendale pattern is meticulously decorated with all types of bird and scenic designs.  Glendale was introduced in the early 1920s and is popular with collectors of middle period Weller Pottery. Pict4771
  8. Weller Matte Green – In response to the success of Grueby’s matte green, over 30 potteries produced matte green pottery during the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 1900s. The matte green pottery produced by Weller ranks among the more desirable by arts and crafts pottery collectors.  In general, the vase forms used by Weller for its matte green pottery were more pleasing than that produced by competitors such as Hampshire and Roseville. Matte green competitors included Wheatley, Owens, Cambridge, Teco and many more.
  9. Weller Dickensware – There were three Dickensware lines.  Dickensware I was similar to Louwelsa and Dickensware III was similar to Weller Eocean.  Dickensware II (Dickensware Second Line) which is typically more sought after by art pottery collectors was created by Sam Weller based on themes from Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers.  Later Dickensware II subject matter included more varied themes.  Dickensware Second Line vases are often very large in comparison to most other Weller Pottery patterns. 
  10. Weller Fru Russet or Matte Ware – The Fru Russet line was introduced around 1905 and is a rare and highly sought after arts and crafts Weller pattern.  Vases from the Fru Russet or Matte Ware line are typically matte green, blue, or brown and are often decorated with floral designs. 

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Required Reading For Weller Pottery Collectors

Pict7169_1 Ms. Ann Gilbert McDonald has recently released her latest book, ALL ABOUT WELLER, BOOK II, A History of Weller Pottery, the Founder, the Family, the Lines, and the Artists.  The book represents 30 years of research on the Weller Pottery Company. This valuable art pottery reference book comes in a hardbound edition, with price guide, and comprises ten chapters, 182 pages and is autographed by the author.

It includes biographies of the founder, Samuel A. Weller, the presidents of the Pottery, and several of the famous artists who worked there. The book begins with a description of some of the early lines, produced from 1894 to 1910, including Weller Lonhuda.

There are chapters on The Evolution of Weller Hudson, Weller artists, such as: Levi J. Burgess, Anthony Dunlavy, Gazo Fudji, William A. Long, Edward L. Pickens, Frank Ferrell, Claude Leffler, and Sarah R. McLaughlin. The last two chapters cover the garden wares, the Weller Birds and Animals, the tiles and plaques, and the fantasy figurines, such as Pan with Rabbit and Pan with Fife.

The appendices comprise Marks on Weller Pottery, Signatures of the Weller Artists, Chronology of the Pottery, and Methods of Production. A bibliography and index are also provided.

This information packed reference guide is a must read for all Weller Pottery collectors.

You can pre-order ALL ABOUT WELLER, BOOK II, A History of Weller Pottery, the Founder, the Family, the Lines, and the Artists now and the autographed book will ship after April 1, 2007.

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Weller Pottery Marks (1895 to 1900)

The Weller Pottery factory used a variety of marks over its years of production.  In this post, we will look at trademarks used prior to 1900. 

Lonhuda Pottery (1895-1896) Sam Weller purchased Lonhuda pottery from William Long in 1894.  Lonhuda Pottery was founded in Steubenville, Ohio in 1892.  The first trademark shown below is from a Lonhuda vase produced by Weller in 1895 or 1896.  The second mark is an example of a Lonhuda pottery vase produced between 1892 and 1895 and prior to the purchase of the company by Weller.  The mark shows an impressed outline of an Indian head with Lonhuda written above it.      

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Weller Aurelian (1898-1910)  Weller Aurelian can be found with either a circular stamp trademark or a hand incised mark.  It is believed by many Weller pottery collectors that the hand incised mark was used prior to 1900 and the circular stamp trademark was used after 1900.

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Weller Eocean (1898-1918) Similar to Aurelian, Weller Eocean can be found with either a circular stamp trademark or a hand incised mark.  The hand incised mark (as shown on the vase on the left side below) was used prior to 1900 and the circular stamp trademark was used after 1900.  The trademark shown on the Weller vase on the right side is marked Weller Eocean in a circular stamp. You will also find examples of Weller Eocean marked Eosian Weller, and Eocean Rose.

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Weller Dickensware 1st Line (1897-98) The Weller pottery half circle seal as shown on the vase below can be found on examples of Weller Dickensware, Louwelsa, Turada, and Sicard.

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Weller Louwelsa (1896-1924) Early Weller Louwelsa can be found with a hand-incised Weller mark as shown on the blue Louwelsa vase in the first photo below.  The second photo shows a vase with the circular seal mark.  The last photo shows the half circle seal trademark which Weller used between 1896 and the early 1900s.

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