The Vast Roseville Futura Art Deco Line

What’s not to love about what is arguably the most versatile Roseville Pottery pattern.  Roseville Futura is all about the art deco style, complete with sharp lines, dimension and extraordinary color choices. Considered a middle period line, Futura was introduced in 1928 and really put Roseville  in a new light.

Remember, both Roseville Carnelian and Roseville Rosecraft were introduced just two years earlier. While both of these arts and crafts patterns have their own draw and remain popular with collectors today, they also seemed to set the stage for what was coming. Rosecraft’s primary colors were brown and green and had only 10 shapes. Meanwhile, Carnelian didn’t sell well and the majority of any unsold pieces were pulled and re-glazed as the Carnelian II pattern.

And then the curtain was raised for Roseville Futura

Roseville Pottery Futura Spittoon Vase 403-7

. Think of a color – any color – Futura offers it. No “one-hue color” with this line, you’re bound to find those deeper greens that are stunning under a heavy gloss, those moss greens that are ideal for detailing and it’s the same with all of the colors.

There are 78 Futura shapes and most are marked with paper labels (don’t forget, those paper labels are likely to have been lost through the years, which means many would be unmarked) with a few that offer hand written shape numbers.

Futura made impressive strides in its heyday and the potential was there for a long run, but like all things in the late 1920s, what “was before” rarely “was after” the stock market crash. Futura was dealt an unfair fate. Even after some recovery, the mindsets of people were raw with all too vivid memories of poverty, hunger and fear. The collective priority of a nation shifted. For many collectors who own any Futura pieces, there’s a certain realization. These pieces were likely made by artists who were confident in the future and purchased by consumers who weren’t yet worried about the possibility of what lied ahead. Regardless of the motivation for collectors, there’s such beauty and detailing to every piece from the Roseville Futura Line.

Here’s a list of all Roseville Futura pieces:

Bowl   

187-8 tan            Balloons Bowl

187-8 gray         Balloons Bowl

188-8 tan            Aztec Bowl

188-8 gray         Aztec Bowl

189-4                   Sand Toy

190-3                   Blue Box

191-8                    Square Box

194-5                   Little Flying Saucer or “Ashtray”

195-10                 Flying Saucer

196-12 tan          Sailboat

196 12 gray        Sailboat

197-6                    Half Egg

198-5                    Hibachi

Candle Holder, pr     

1072-4                Aztec Ladies

1073-4                Candlesticks with Leaves

1075-4                Flying Saucer Candlesticks

Flower Frog   

15-2.5                  Little Round Frog

15-3.5                  Big Round Frog

Hanging Basket         

344-5 tan           Little Hanging Basket

344-5 gray        Little Hanging Basket

344-6 tan           Big Hanging Basket

344-6 gray        Big Hanging Basket

Jardiniere      

616-6 tan            Jardiniere

616-6 gray         Jardiniere

616-7 tan            Jardiniere

616-7 gray         Jardiniere

616-8 tan            Jardiniere

616-8 gray         Jardiniere

616-9 tan            Jardiniere

616-10 tan         Jardiniere

616-10 gray      Jardiniere & Pedestal

Planter           

81-5                      Blue Sunray

82-6                      Blue Fan

85-4                      2 Pole Pink Pillow Vase

Vase   

Roseville Pottery Futura Space Capsule Vase 432-10

380-6                   Torch

381-6                    Beer Mug

382-7                    Telescope

383-8                    Little Blue Triangle

384-8                    Ball Bottle

385-8                    Pleated Star

386-8 pink          Jukebox

386-8 brns          Jukebox

387-7 gray          Bamboo Leaf Ball

387-7 blue          Bamboo Leaf Ball

388-9                    Big Blue Triangle

389-9                    Emerald Urn

390-10 org Bud Christmas Tree

390-10 blu Bud Christmas Tree

391-10                  Black Flame

392-10                  Shooting Star

393-12                  Four Ball Vase

394-12                  Bomb

395-10                  Stepped Urn

396-5                     Chalice

Roseville Pottery Futura Four Ball Vase 393-12

397-6                     Square Cone

398-6                     Green Twist

399-7                     Red Vee

400-7 tan            Ostrich Egg

400-7 p&g          Ostrich Egg

401-8                    Cone

402-8                    Milk Carton

403-7                    Spittoon

404-8 blue          Balloons Globe

404-8 grn            Balloons Globe

405-7                    Spaceship

406-8                    Beehive

407-9                    Green Fan

408-10                 Seagull

409-9                    Football Urn

410-12                  Table Leg

411-14                  Arches

412-9                    Tank

421-5                    Brown Stump

422-6                    Two Pole Bud Vase

423-6                    Tombstone

424-7                    Stepped Egg

425-8                    Hexagon Twist

426-8                    Winged Vase

427-8                    Mauve Thistle

428-8                    Egg with Leaves

429-9                    Purple Crocus

430-9                    Chinese Pillow

431-10                  Falling Bullet

432-10                  Space Capsule

433-10                  Pine Cone

434-10                  Michelin Man

435-10                  Elephant Leg

436-12                  Chinese Bronze

437-12                  Weeping Tulip

438-15                  Tall Teasel

Wall Pocket   

1261-8 tan           Wall Pocket

1261-8 gra           Wall Pocket

Window Box 

376-15                  Window Box

Roseville Candlesticks

Candlesticks are some of the most collected items in American art pottery and Roseville has some of the most remarkable design elements and glazes. Many Roseville Pottery collectors say their collection began with just one pair of candlesticks. Most were hooked and knew they had to continue building their collection. Take a look at a few of the most popular patterns. Eclectic or traditional, glossy or matte finishes – there’s a Roseville pattern for everyone.

And speaking of eclectic, the Roseville Futura includes a candlestick design and it’s unlike anything else most have seen. First, the mouth is square and narrows the closer to the base you get. These designs have two complementing glazes – a bluish/green and more of an eggshell glaze really set these apart. But what draws the eye are the bulb shapes that grace the bottom of the candlesticks. It’s an acquired taste for many, but for the hardcore Futura collectors, this is a must have.

Apple Blossom remains one of the more popular Roseville patterns. Candlesticks are part of this line and they boast the traditional apple tree branch in the handles. The green glaze was smart and it works well with the brown and white that are part of the Apple Blossom charm. It’s little wonder that this was one of those strongest sellers when it was unveiled all those years ago.

Ah – but it’s the Roseville Dahlrose that will catch your attention and hold it. This line has a few bud vases, complete with plenty of decorative elements. Interestingly, these elements don’t overwhelm the presentation and because the bud vases are small, they easily double as candlesticks. That’s just part of the versatility a few of the Roseville patterns bring to the table. Browns and usually a few shades of green define the glazes and the abundance of the white Dahlrose against a textured body just works beautifully.

Many – if not most – of the Roseville patterns have at least one candlestick design. For those who are just beginning their collections, starting with candlesticks or even wall pockets will allow for a great start and will surely drive your passion for adding to your collection. There’s nothing better than coming across a pair of these beauties that you never knew existed. It’s an exhilarating feeling, especially if you’re able to add them to your own collection.

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.