Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
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.
The Hound of the Baskervilles looks like the runt of the litter compared to these new monsters! These mutts are a towering 24-inches tall. Their gigantic size make them more suitable for setting on bridge beams than Victorian mantels.
A new line of stoneware from crocks to bean pots, pantry jars to planters is being made by a firm using the name Red Wing Stoneware Company. This new company is located in Red Wing, Minnesota and uses markings similar to earlier potteries from the same town whose products are widely collected. Unless you are familiar with the specific marks, it would be fairly easy to mistake the name and marks on new production for older collectible pieces.
A reproduction Muncie Pottery bowl in the Ruba Rombic style was on display at the Wisconsin Art Pottery show in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, August 28, 1999. The reproduction is a copy of shape #306 as shown in Muncie's 1929 catalog.
Advanced and beginning buyers alike have recently been fooled by new wall vases with fake Nippon marks. Joan Van Patten (author, Collectors Encyclopedia of Nippon series) was contacted by a number of persons at the recent Nippon convention who admitted to buying the new pieces.