Friday, March 18, 2011


At the turn of the century, the American art pottery was sometimes referred to as "the art of the devil." It seems funny now, but the Victorian purists were very serious.
At the time, the stakes have flocked to prayer meetings and revivals, and even sentenced laugh Sunday. In this nervous climate, pottery, American art was born.
How things are in our culture has always been the hook for me writing about things old. Against all odds, the creative spirit continues to create. No matter the obstacles. Regardless of the social climate.
American art pottery is a good example of this creative spirit. It happened because the two women, Mary Louise McLaughlin, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer.
Like many good ladies of the time, they have done their part of china painting. McLaughlin was part of a committee to select painted porcelain wares for the pavilion of women in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. His group has been accused of lapses in taste, but it was one of the first attempts to see ceramics as an independent artistic medium.
Then the women began to divert their attention from china painting, knitting and Afghans to work in wet clay.
"Some terrible and wonderful things were produced," said McLaughlin.
In 1880, Storer was dissatisfied with the local temperature of the oven. So she built her own and a place in the first and perhaps the most important corporate art pottery, Rookwood Pottery in an old school in Cincinnati.
The company was named after his family estate Walnut Hills.Their first work was described as a wild experiment.
Storer workers, mostly women, many mingled in the gilding, carving and cutting. The company was one of the first companies in America owned and operated by women.
Over the years, she hired a good chemists, managers and artists to create Rookwood Pottery, which has won international awards. Recognizable artists like Kataro Shirayamadani, Carl Schmidt, Matt Daly and William McDonald AR Valentien put their trademark on the basis of the pieces they have decorated.
high quality crafts and the glazing has been characteristic of Rookwood. They have produced vases, dishes, figurines, bookends and tiles.
The Company Gorham silver overlay applied to pottery, and department stores like Tiffany's performed songs. visiting dignitaries made a point of stopping at Rookwood. Even Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde visited and bought items. The plant site of origin is a restaurant today.
Over the last 10 years, Rookwood Pottery has grown in popularity and value. It is easily identified by the inscriptions. On the base are the trademarks of a symbol or name for himself, plus a dating system. In addition, there are brands of clay showing what color or type of clay the piece came from.
Collectors look for traces of the beginning. The quality of the decoration is important and the artist. Be on the lookout for the second, marked by an X. Cracks and imperfections incised can significantly affect the value.
On June 3, Treadway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced an auction Rookwood. Take a look at some highlights.

Highlights of the auction:
Rookwood bookends, pair of Rooks (bird), brown and green matte glaze, William McDonald, 1929, 5 1 / 2 inches tall, slender, smart, $ 350
Rookwood vase, vellum glaze with carved and painted stylized flowers and leaves, Margaret McDonald, 1920, 9 inches tall, mint, $ 1,600
Rookwood vase, iris glaze cactus flowers, AR Valentien, 1902, 13 inches tall, mint, $ 11,000
Rookwood vase, brown glaze high image, full-length Native American Indian Hair Full, Matt Daly, 1900, 20 inches tall, mint, $ 12,000
Rookwood vase, painted high enamel harbor scene with seven boats sailing, Carl Schmidt, 1923, 13 inches tall, mint, $ 12,000 Rookwood vase, Iris glaze with thirteen poppies detailed Kataro Shirayamadani, 1907, 16 inches tall, mint, $ 32,500
Rookwood plaque, green sea with three birds perched on a branch, executed by AR Valentien, 8 by 10 inches, in a vintage oak, mint, $ 45,000

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