1918 Rookwood Pottery Vase
What do you think this is?
Well, I think it's American art pottery and I thought it was Roseville. I really don't know much about it at all.
It's interesting that you would think it is Roseville. Because Roseville was in Zanesville, Ohio, and they did a lot of floral ware, a lot of matte glazes. But they also... they worked... copying the works of the Rookwood pottery, which this is.
So, this is the real thing.
This is a very nice and quite rare piece of Rookwood pottery done in the Arts and Crafts style. If you look underneath, you see from the Rookwood mark, which this is...
The date, it's 1918. That's quite early. And this "C.S.T." is the artist, Charles Todd, and he worked with them and he worked very much in this style, this is called an incised matte. The colors are bright, the firing worked perfectly. Very often they'll just drip, they'll drip so much that you have no idea what they were meant to be. You know they were flowers but they'd become abstract. And this, you see, on these flowers, the glaze has pretty much stayed where it was supposed to. It's a nice contrast, with the red glaze and the light green body. And green is a nice Arts and Crafts color. So had this been what you thought was a piece of Roseville, would've been worth maybe a couple of hundred bucks. Maybe three. But this is a piece of Rookwood, and it's worth $1,000 to $1,500.
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