• Rare wheel-thrown, hand-carved, and hand-decorated example of Cowan Pottery. Using the Egyptian Blue glaze over Black engobe, Arthur E. Baggs had developed the Dry Point technique (most famously applied to the Jazz Bowl of Viktor Schreckengost) while still in Massachusetts, at his own Marblehead Pottery. This piece is marked Cowan and also has hand-incised initials A.E.B. above the year 1927. That makes it predate the Jazz Bowl by 3-4 years. (Please see my article on the Jazz series in the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association for more details.) Measures about 9.75" t. x 6.75" wide. The clay body is a grayish stoneware-like formula, heavier than the usual porcellanous Cowan Pottery clay body.
  • Cool silky mint green AMACO vase, about 7" tall, shape 52. Made in 1931, with Maxine Day as the finisher. This shape feels either ancient or space age to me.
  • This fascinating 160-pg. 8.5" x 11" paperback book features 579 close-up color photographs of vintage, collectible "wall pockets" (vases made to hang on the wall). Available for purchase on Amazon and the Schiffer website, or meet me in person at a show. Over 1000 wall pockets by more than 60 different makers are identified and valued here, including almost every color variation for every known Roseville wall pocket. Some of the Roseville pockets appear in this book for the first time anywhere! Most Weller wall pockets are also illustrated. Other factories with a substantial section include Frankoma, Fulper, Hull, Nelson McCoy, J.B. Owens,  and Rookwood. Among the companies represented are well-known concerns like Brush-McCoy, Camark, and Peters & Reed, as well as Arts and Crafts makers like California Faience, Grueby, Jervis, Marblehead, Newcomb College Pottery, George E. Ohr, Overbeck, Strobl, Teco, Walley, and Wheatley. In many cases, the items shown here do not appear in the standard reference books on those subjects. For example, you will not find a George Ohr wall pocket in the various books on George Ohr. This book corrects mistakes found in older books on wall pockets and on Roseville and Weller. Some wall pockets whose maker is still not known are also included. In some cases, this book features the only known illustrations of wall pockets made by a particular pottery, such as Faenza Pottery, which received a mention in Paul Evans' Art Pottery of the United States. A variety of other hanging items by American art potteries is also included ... such as wall sconces, masks, wall shelves, hanging boudoir and smoking pieces, and so on. Photographs of typical factory marks. Selected bibliography. Index. Values in captions.
  • Fine art deco example of decorated Japanese Awaji pottery from the 1930s. This form, with "muscle man" handles, is desirable, and to find a piece with underglaze floral decorations is rare indeed.
  • This lovely 7 7/8" scalloped plate was created by Cowan Pottery in about 1930. The art deco raised-relief floral design is attributed to the French designers who worked briefly with Guy Cowan, Jose Martin and Raoul Josset, both of whom had participated in the influential 1925 art deco exposition in Paris.
  • Cowan Pottery made this 10.75" t. vase (shape 588) around 1924. It's unusually tall, and Cowan's drip glazes seldom come onto the market. Here is a combination of Mahogany over Marigold lustre.
  • Beautiful ring-handled vase designed for Cowan Pottery by the illustrious designer and artist Viktor Schreckengost. This example has a Terra Cotta crackle glaze. Stands 6" tall.
  • Doris Hall (1907-2000) was a romantic among enamelists, truly illustrative of the landmark exhibition catalog Painting with Fire, one of the first to recognize the power of 20th-century American enamel as a medium. This 7" t. x 5.5" enamel on copper is framed to dimensions of 8 7/8" x 7.25" (apparently the original frame). A beautiful Easter lily in brilliant colors.
  • Edgar Littlefield (Ohio) studio pottery vase, 9" t., wheel thrown and "squared," with hand-incised decorations, dated 1949. Mid-Century Modern design, glazed in earth tones of rust, tan, ivory, and reddish brown.
  • This rare dated 1913 studio pottery bowl is the work of Frederic C. Clayter (1890-1978) while he was a student at UArts (University of the Arts) in Philadelphia. Coil-built and hand-carved, this metallic-glazed piece closely resembles the Germanic metalwork for which Clayter was best remembered (in addition to his many years as a professor of industrial design, at Carnegie Mellon University).
  • Gerte Hacker (1911-2000) was active in Cleveland, specializing in decorative enamels on copper. This piece is striking in its coloring and composition. Overall, with the original frame, it measures 32 1/8" t. x 9.5".
  • Introducing Roseville Pottery Revised 2nd Ed. of this BEST-SELLING Reference Book! All 132 Roseville lines illustrated in crisp color photos! Available for purchase on Amazon and the Schiffer website, or meet me in person at a show.   "Bassett's comprehensive presentation of Roseville pottery is exemplary. If you are a novice collector of Roseville, this is a wonderful place to start your research and indulge your enthusiasm... Presented beautifully... Written assuredly and with a teacher's touch... Highly recommended." --Maine Antique Digest, February 2000 "Each pottery line is included in this scholarly look at the long-lived company... With additional text devoted to pottery collectors' etiquette and ethics, condition, experimental and trial glazes, tips for identifying Roseville, a timeline of Roseville products, factory marks and artist signatures, as well as reproductions, fakes and fantasy pieces, this book appears to have it all." --Antique Week, March 6, 2000 WHAT'S NEW IN THE 2ND EDITION? 
(for sample pages from the 2nd edition, visit the NEW EDITION link) Values for 2002-2003  (in many cases, not terribly different than those for 2019-2020) Now uses the correct Roseville term used for 1000's of shapes!--a finding first reported in Bassett's Roseville Prices (2000) Over 20 new color photos added (with values) Newly documented shape numbers added throughout Crystal Green shapes added to Ivory list Minor errors--by both Roseville factory and author--have been corrected
  • This enamel on copper depicts an urban (and religious) landscape and is signed at lower right. Someone told me it is likely to be Israeli. Measures 8.75" t. x 9 1/8" framed. (The visible portion of the enamel measures 4 5/8" t. x 5".)
  • John Mankameyer (1933-2015) lived for many years in Montana, then California (where he began his work as a studio potter), and then returned to Montana. His work explores the always unpredictable patterns of crystalline glazes, which adorn wheel-thrown porcelain vessels, often taking a bulbous bud vase form. (The last photo is from his Facebook page,  c. 2011.) This miniature measures about 3.75" t. It was purchased directly from the potter.
  • Beautiful studio pottery 7" t. x 8" covered urn by Matt Steadman (Mississippi). The blue and gray tones of the drippy matte-glazed exterior contrast beautifully with the glossy oxblood red interior.
  • Michael Gubkin (Ohio) studio pottery vase, 7.5" t. x 8.25" form, wheel thrown, with hand-incised details along the shoulder. Lush purple and cobalt blue iridescent lustre glaze.
  • Nora Ellen Dyer (1871-1950) made this 10 5/8" x 2.75" t. wheel-thrown bowl. Glazed in a uranium-based mottled orange, which at Cowan Pottery was called Oriental Red (introduced at Cowan in 1930).
  • This 6.75" t. Crown Ducal (England) vase was designed by Charlotte Rhead and dates to the late 1930s. Stylish and minimal Art Deco motifs were applied by tubeline (or "squeezebag") technique. I love the pure geometry of the primary forms, and the autumn colors too.
  • Beautiful middle-period Roseville blue Wisteria 242-4" rose bowl. This highly collectible line was introduced in 1933.
  • Beautiful example of the Roseville Pottery Imperial (Glazes) 471-7" vase, actually measuring 6.75" tall. Deep mottled raspberry red with mint green highlights.
  • Beautiful example of the 1930s Roseville line Laurel, with a striking drippy glaze. Measures 3.5" t. x 9 3/8" long.
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