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.
Theres another batch of new pottery in the market marked McCoy. Like previous batches of new McCoy, this new group consists of direct copies of genuine McCoy originals and items that were never made by McCoy. Frog sprinkle and planter, scotty dogs, elephant, wall pocket, basket weave planter, teapot planter, Little Miss Riding Hood.
Hand decorated wares by the Watt Pottery are highly sought-after by collectors. The bold, cheerful designs--executed with only a few brush strokes--are popular among pottery collectors as well as those decorating in the country style. Recently, reproductions and newly designed pieces in identical decorations have appeared on the market.
In an April 12, 1996 issue of Antiques and The Arts Weekly (The Bee), page 63, a report appeared about an auction held in Montreal, Canada on March 19, 1996 by Sylvain Collins. Among the items reported selling were an authorized reproduction Galle urn shape vase, signed Galle and Tip measuring 13 high, selling for $3,800 and an authorized reproduction Galle urn shaped vase, signed Galle and Tip, measuring 20 high went for $1,700 (italics added by ACRN).
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent batch of new tiles has been made in various Arts and Crafts styles. New tiles are similar is color and design to vintage tiles by Grueby, Newcomb College, SEG and other period studios and makers.