Roseville Azurean Vase, ca. 1905
Appraised Value: $6,000 - $8,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:24)
GUEST: I really don't know anything about it except it's been in the family for quite a while, and we just call it the blue vase.
APPRAISER: Are you familiar with the Roseville Pottery?
GUEST: Yes, I've heard of them.
APPRAISER: It was a really big, important pottery in Zanesville, Ohio. And most of the pieces of Roseville that we see here at the ROADSHOW were done in the '40s. They have the raised mark, they're floral. But Roseville goes back way before that. They go back to the 1890s. And early on they were making these hand-painted vases. Now, a lot of the early hand-painted pieces you'll see are covered in an amber-brownish glaze. They were imitating what was being done at the Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now, another line of Rookwoods was the Aerial Blue. Aerial Blue at Rookwood is super, super rare-- barely see it. They painted these beautiful landscapes and dipped the whole thing in a blue glaze instead of an amber glaze. They also did it with a sea-green vase where they dipped it in a green glaze. Well, at Roseville, they also imitated the Aerial Blue, which this is. They called this particular line Azurean-- like "azure," for blue. These are super rare-- done about 1900, 1905. Very few of them done, and you never see them with animals. If you see them, you know, there'd be flowers or something, but you don't have a landscape with animals-- that is super rare. It's also big. It's painted really crisply. Now, the artist signed his name here. His name was Allen Simpson, and you have his initials right here. Now, the piece of pottery is also signed on the bottom with a very early Roseville mark. It's says "RP Co." for the Roseville Pottery Company.
GUEST: Cool, I didn't know that.
APPRAISER: So... this lovely pot, which we rarely see, which is so crisp and has this lovely landscape, is worth from $4,000 to $6,000.
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