1913 Rookwood Vellum Vase
Appraised Value: $15,000 - $20,000 (2007)
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Appraisal Video: (2:31)
Paintings & Drawings, Pottery & Porcelain
Humler & Nolan
GUEST: I received it as a gift from an elderly friend of mine. She couldn't really tell me a whole lot about it. She had bought it when she was younger at an antique shop in Connecticut, and that's about all she could tell me. But it's very pretty. I always admired all the mountains and the trees and things on it. And I'm not familiar with the marks at all on the bottom, and I know there are several; and I'm hoping that you can tell me about that today.
APPRAISER: I'll be happy to tell you about the marks. It's really quite beautiful. It's a snow scene with mountains... in beautiful detail. Let's take a look at the bottom. The Roman numeral right here, X-I-I-I, is a date, 1913. And the shape number is 1869 B. The mark over here, this little circular mark,
APPRAISER: is the artist's signature.
APPRAISER: His name is Carl Schmidt.
APPRAISER: And Carl Schmidt happens to be probably one of the most popular artists to work for this company. The incised "V" is the artist's cue to the glaze department as to what glaze he wanted on the piece,
GUEST: Oh, really.
APPRAISER: and in this case vellum glaze. Now this one here, it's a backward "R" with a "P," with little flames around it. The RP stands for Rookwood Pottery,
APPRAISER: from Cincinnati, Ohio.
APPRAISER: Okay? This happens to be what's called a vellum glaze... scenic, and it is one of the largest and nicest from this period that I've seen. Carl Schmidt was a very gifted artist. This piece is a signature piece by him because it's just incredible detail. Now, I want to point out one other mark. Down here on the very bottom, and it's very hard to read it. It took me a while to figure out what it is. It says "Calgary." It's very unusual for Rookwood. I've not seen, that I can remember, another piece that had a location indicated on the bottom. But that makes sense. I mean, if we tip it up, this certainly could be the Rocky Mountains in Calgary.
APPRAISER: And you've got some... you have an array of birch trees here in the front. And then there's some, some, uh, pine trees around back. This is a rather magnificent piece of Rookwood. I think at auction, we're probably looking at between $15,000 and $20,000.
GUEST: Oh, wow.
APPRAISER: It's a fabulous piece.
GUEST: Oh, well, thank you very much. I appreciate that.
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