Marblehead Pottery Tile, ca. 1908

Value (2012) | $15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction

I acquired it from an aunt. And it was under a lamp for about 50 years.

This is a tile that was made by the Marblehead Pottery of Marblehead, Massachusetts. And the company was started by gentleman called Dr. Herbert Hall in 1904. As part of his sanitarium in Marblehead, he wanted his patients to have some craft to work on, you see? So they had bookworking, and metalwork, and pottery. And finally, when the pottery became so good, he had to basically let the pottery start a real pottery of their own. And they did that in 1908. This is an early piece.

Is it really?

It's very much in the Arts and Crafts movement. You can see the trees are very stylized. Beautiful reflection of the trees in the pond. It's painted in matte glazes. And the Marblehead Pottery did few tiles-- a lot more pottery. But the tiles are very rare.

Oh, really?

Yes. This is the finest Marblehead tile I have ever seen.


Really. Now, what is going to deter a little bit from the value of this beautiful tile is that there are hairline cracks. And they go from the front to the back. This is the Marblehead Pottery shipmark. I would think that this beautiful tile, if it were absolutely perfect, would retail somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000.

Oh, my goodness, really?

With the hairline crack, it will be somewhere between $2,500 and $3,000.

Oh, my heavens. I'm carting it around in a plastic bag.

Appraisal Details

Rago Arts & Auction Center
Lambertville, NJ
Update (2012)
$15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction
Appraised value (1998)
$2,500 Retail$3,500 Retail
Hartford, CT (August 22, 1998)

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