Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Roseville Pottery

I am participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, sponsored by Lisa the Apron Queen. Visit her site to see all of the participants in this fun weekly event!
This week, I am again forgoing my dad's basement to show something from my maternal side. These 2 pieces of Roseville Pottery belonged to my grandma. She did NOT shove them in the basement or attic, they were out on display ever since I can remember.
No one knows why we have only 1 candle holder, but one guess is that the other broke at my grandfather's card & gift shop and he brought the mate home. That's why my mother has so much no-longer-collectible chipped glassware and pottery, I believe! I don't know the pattern of the candleholder, but it does have the Roseville marking on the bottom.
This jardiniere always had aloe growing in it on a table under the picture window. It is in pristine condition, so it either was a gift or someone swiped it from the store when grandpa wasn't looking! The pattern is Freesia. I really love jardinieres, however I don't like this one, I think it's the colors and pattern. Nor do I like the candleholder. Usually I am the sister who appreciates the collectibles from home, but when I said I was going to sell them, my sister grabbed them up and displays them in her dining room. Fine with me if we keep them in the family!
This is all the Roseville we have in our family, but I thought I'd share the history of the company, as well as some pieces I really love, in case any of you have $400-$700 lying around and want to get me one!I'd never seen a double bud vase before! I love the shade of green used in this Foxglove pattern.
The Roseville Pottery Company was founded in 1890. Roseville originally produced simple utilitarian ware such as flower pots, stoneware, umbrella stands, and other household items. In 1900, Roseville Rozane became the first high quality art pottery line produced by Roseville.
I absolutely adore this jardiniere in the Mostique pattern, a Craftsman style.
In the early teens as demand for more expensive, hand-crafted art pottery declined, Roseville Pottery shifted production to more commercially produced pottery. Roseville's ability to adapt to market conditions was one of their greatest attributes as the company was continually able to produce the most popular patterns and styles compared to their immediate competitors.
In 1919, Frank Frerrel and George Krause combined to produce many of today's most popular Roseville
patterns including Dahlrose, Rosecraft, Ferella, Sunflower, Blackberry, Cherry Blossom, and Wisteria. Pinecone was introduced in 1935 and became the most successful and highest volume pattern produced during the existence of Roseville pottery. The pattern includes over 75 different shapes in blue, brown, and green.
During WWII, Roseville introduced the patterns Fuchsia, Cosmos, Columbine, White Rose, Bittersweet, and Zephyr Lily. These patterns were considered the best quality art pottery in the market at this time, but it was not enough to save the company and they closed in 1954.

Yet another jardiniere that I like for the simplicity of the Earlam pattern. It would look great in my living room!

11 comments:

Threeundertwo said...

Beautiful pieces, I think my favorite is the double bud vase. There was probably a special purpose or place for that in the home.

Jewelgirl said...

Art pottery is so pretty, you can see
the thought that went into making it.
I like the nature inspired pieces.

Fiona said...

I love the double vase too. This pottery is so unusual, I've never seen anything like it but could really get to like it!

Amy said...

I really like the last one :-)

The Apron Queen said...

These vases are beautiful.Be sure to show them off! :D

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Kelly said...

I love the pottery! I have one piece of Roseville pottery packed away in a box somewhere. After seeing a display of Roseville in an antique store Tuesday and now your post, I am motivated to find it and find a home for it somewhere in the house. Thanks! ~Kelly www.deniablydomestic.blogspot.com

Lidian said...

These are beautiful - I love the double vase, too.

Jewelgirl said...

Hi, your question about my Betsy
McCall pages, I actually own the
original pages for the magazine.
In 1958 the pages were in larger
format so I could only scan a
partial view! Have a great day!!!

mahalo a nui loa said...

I'm a huge fan of Roseville pottery! The delicate finish and colors, the shapes. So glad you shared some of the history with us, thanks! Alas I can afford pieces w/o any marks but like to think one day I'll have my own Roseville.

Rue said...

Hi Elizabeth :)

Your pieces of jardiniere are beautiful. I had heard of it, but didn't know the history. Very interesting!

Oh and we don't have to sell the house, we want to move away from the scary neighbors LOL

Have a great 4th of July!
rue

artified said...

lovely pottery, and have to agree about that green..so lovely and "vintage" looking