Understanding Roseville Pottery

Available for purchase on Amazon and the Schiffer website, or meet me in person at a show.
Did you know … that Olympic reproduces the Neoclassical drawings of an 18th-century English artist, John Flaxman? … that Frank Ferrell designed many Donatello shapes? … that Harry Rhead designed about half the Sylvan shapes? … that Ben Seibel designed Lotus? … that Eva Zeisel was nearly hired to design a Roseville line–but was not able to do so because of the factory’s closing in 1954? Just a few chapters from the Roseville story… ones you won’t find in the older books!
This fascinating new 300-pg. hardback book tells the story of America’s fastest-selling decorative art pottery–from its humble beginnings in 1890 through the innovative Raymor products that inadvertently caused the factory’s failure in 1954.
Over 800 color photographs     70 black-and-white photographs
Color photographs of items not shown in factory records, including later additions to lines like Carnelian (Glazes), Dahlrose, Florentine, Imperial (Glazes), Jonquil, Sunflower, Tuscany, Windsor, and Wisteria
Over 140 factory advertisements, booklets, factory views, and catalog pages that are not available in any other book
Photographs of many unpublished factory marks, reproductions, and lookalikes by other American potteries
Beautiful Roseville rarities appear in every chapter–from Della Robbia, Olympic, and other Rozane Art Ware lines, to Experimental and Trial Glaze pieces owned by the family of Roseville’s glaze chemist, George Krause.
New evidence further documents the lines Early Carnelian, Early Velmoss, and Keynote.
Other products emphasized in this volume include Artcraft, Cherry Blossom, Creamware, Decorated Artware, Dogwood, Donatello, Ferella, Lamps, Late Capri, Matt Green, Majolica, Modern Art, Mostique, Panel, Pauleo, Pine Cone Modern, Silhouette, Wincraft, and the recently attributed line Cherub Cameo.
Among the personnel whose key roles at the factory are explained in this book are Frank Ferrell, Frederic Grant, John Herold, George Krause, Christen Nielsen, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Harry Rhead, Ben Seibel, Donald Windisch, Anna Young, and George Young. Over 200 additional employees are identified, including casters, clay processors, decorators, finishers, foremen, kiln men, mold makers, office clerks, packers, and warehouse men.



A Roseville book like no other – a must for the personal library of every serious pottery collector or dealer!

“Roseville pottery is probably the American art pottery most sought by collectors. Understanding Roseville Pottery by Mark Bassett… is the latest well-researched and color-illustrated book about the factory. It presents much newly discovered information and is well worth having.”

–Kovels Newsletter, May 2003

“Bassett’s well-researched, well-written books have become the resource of choice for many new and veteran collectors.”
–Renee Kientz, Houston Chronicle, November 29, 2002

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