Rookwood Pottery Plaque, ca. 1920
I got this plaque out of a lady's attic. She asked me to help her clean out her attic, and tell me she didn't want it to put it on the street, and so I asked if I could have it.
This was done by the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rookwood worked in specific glazes, and this one is referred to as "vellum." The over-glaze makes the light refract and it becomes foggy. That's the whole point. I was discussing who we thought this artist would be, and we agreed that it may very well be E.T. Hurley. E.T. Hurley, his children said, was fascinated with the weather. When he knew that the weather was going to be very bad, he would go out in his car, and he would open up all the windows and he would start sketching. And the fact that this is such a moody moonscape, he could have very well have done that. And it would probably date to either the late teens or the early '20s. At auction, I would probably put an estimate, about $1,500 to $2,000 on it.
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