Monday, November 22, 2010

R is for Roseville

Clematis Pattern, 1950

Freesia pattern, 1945

(Weller Wild Rose pattern vase), Gardenia pattern, 1944

Roseville Pottery was established in 1890 in Zanesville, OH by George F. Young, who began producing utilitarian stoneware such as cuspidors, jugs and flower pots. In 1900, Rozane became the first high quality Art Pottery line to be produced by Roseville, in direct competition with Rookwood and Weller Pottery. Design lines include Aztec, Crystalo, Della Robbia, Donatella, Ferella, Fugi and Rosecraft. The Donatella line, manufactured during WWI (1914-1918), won accolades for its cherub and floral motif, as well as that unique signature matte glaze. Nature dominated Roseville patterns, with Blackberry, Cherry Blossom, Clematis, Dahlrose, Fressia, Pine Cone, Sunflower, and Wisteria to name a few. The Pine Cone pattern, introduced in 1935, became the most successful and highest volume pattern, containing over 75 (!) different shapes in blue, brown and green pottery. World War II (1940-1945) brought significant changes to production, focusing more on volume of commercially made products, which ultimately negatively impacted the artistic quality of Roseville. During that period, Bittersweet, Columbine, Cosmos, Fuchsia, Gardenia, White Rose and Zephyr Lily represented the best of Art Pottery on the market before succumbing to the realities of economics. In 1954, after 64 years of operation, Roseville Pottery closed its doors, a victim of the times. Owning a piece of Roseville is akin to owning a piece of art; it is sure to grace your home with the elegance and quality of something special. Find just the piece to adorn that holiday table with a fabulous floral display sure to delight. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

1 comment:

Carol said...

I love this pottery and McCoy too! You are right about them being works of art. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

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