Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
More new Flow Blue with confusing marks has steadily been entering the marketplace. Mary Frank Gaston, author of several books on Flow Blue, recently contacted ACRN to share two of the latest new marks and the pieces on which they appear. Antique T. Rathbone of England, Victor, Swan Mark, Chelsea, Royal Arms, Victoria Ironstone or ware, E C Callinor, Lion, and Unicorn. Reproductions - Iris, Waldorf and Touraine.
The new Bauer Pottery released a set of kitchen pottery in Poppy Red, a color used on vintage Bauer sold in the 1930s.
More new pottery marked McCoy has been released. Two of the pieces a pitcher and vase are close copies of vintage originals. Two other pieces, though, a string holder and wall vase are fantasy items, items never made by McCoy. Vase,pitcher, wall, strawberry, berry & vine, grape, bird clock.
Reproductions of the Flow Blue pattern Touraine have apparently been filtering into the antiques market since late 2001. By spring of 2002, the new pieces had become fairly widespread. The pattern and border designs of the new and old are virtually identical.
American art pottery, with the exception of Roseville, has generally escaped widespread commercial reproductions. As prices of originals rise, however, it becomes more and more profitable to produce fakes as oneofakind items or in relatively small batches. The growing popularity of Arts and Crafts themes in modern decorating has also created a demand for art pottery from that period. Legitimate Arts and Crafts pottery reproductions with altered marks end up in the antiques market represented as period originals.
This new 6 shaker is being sold by a reproduction wholesaler for under $10. Its shape and decoration are similar to those used on Noritake during the 1920s. The base and vertical corners are orange, the center panel is white; the top is gold. Japan.
Rookwood Pottery was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1880. For 50 years its products were considered some of the worlds finest art pottery ever made. Then the Great Depression and shortages of material in WW II lead to the companys failing. During the 1950s the company passed through various owners and was moved to Starkville, Mississippi. The business completely shut down in 1967 under the ownership of Herschede Hall Clock Company.
Many ceramic items made in Japan before and after WW II are of interest to black memorabilia buyers. One such piece, with cross over interest to bottle collectors, is a figural decanter of a butler shown in Fig. 2. The original dates to the early 1950s and currently sells for $350-$450. A close reproduction is now out in the market that is being mistaken for old (see Fig. 1). The new example shown here sold for $140.
Imitation Nippon has been made since the late 1970s. There are now more than 50 known patterns applied to ceramics which have fake Nippon marks. At first, patterns on reproductions looked more like German and English Victorian patterns with large flowers than patterns used on authentic 1891-1921 Nippon.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a great number of new game plates and portrait pieces were imported into the United States by reproduction wholesalers and giftware distributors. Many of these new pieces had marks which were then, and now, easily confused with marks on old game and portrait plates. This article will review some of the most common decorations and marks used on these confusing pieces.