Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
Most collectibles have some means of identification: factory mark, catalog shape, reference books, specific finishes or color. Van Briggle Pottery, however, often requires a close examination of more than just one characteristic.
Reproductions of a scarce stoneware vinegar jar are being sold in Missouri. Both jars have For Purity Strength Use Emrichs Old Glory Vinegarin cobalt blue stenciling on white glazed stoneware.
The first reproduction of Wedgwood's Victorian era pineapple and fruit majolica umbrella holder was shown in ACRN, October, 1996. Now another copy has been made in the same pattern with some improvements.
At least one well known Weller Pottery Coppertone shape is being copied. The new vase in Fig. 1 with figural frogs and lily pads was purchased recently at a retail store for $16.99. It was obviously copied from the original ca. 1920-30's Coppertone vase in Fig. 2. Originals have sold for $500 to $1000+ depending on glaze, marks and artist signatures.
In February of 1997, ACRN reported that new wall pockets with a nude in Roseville Panel (Rosecraft Panel) were being reproduced. After two pieces were sold in Maine, no others were seen.
Two more confusing new marks have been found on reproductions of 19th century ceramics. The new marks are applied in dark blue transfer. ACRN found the crown mark on biscuit jars decorated in Masons Japan style decoration and the ribbon mark on a toast rack with chintz styled decoration. Like other confusing new marks, these two recent additions can be expected to show up on a wide variety of 19th century copies. These pieces with their facsimiles of old marks are being made in China for the antique reproduction wholesale trade.
A New York importer has recently introduced a new line of majolica that copies Victorian-era originals. Clockwise from upper left corner, they are: Iris and Lotus square planter, Daisy cachepot (urn to hide ceramic flowerpot), Apple Blossom cachepot and pitcher, Daisy plate, (11" dia.), and Brown Geraniums plate. Retail prices range from $20 to $100.
New Mimbreno China is a railroad dining car pattern first used by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe from 1936-1970. The pattern was based on ancient Indian art found in the Mimbres Valley, thus the name. The new Mimbreno patterns are exact copies of originals.
Public interest in the American west and southwest "look" have brought old patterns with those themes back into production.
If you assume an ashtray marked Roseville was made by Roseville Pottery, you would be wrong. The ashtray was made to Floraline, a series of pottery containers developed by McCoy for the florist trade. USA, souvenir 50th anniversary, Nelson McCoy.