American Pottery… Always Classic, Always New
FASHION TREND REPORT EXCLUSIVELY FOR RANDOLPH STREET MARKET BY NENA IVON, nenasnotes
Randolph Street Market’s RETROSPECT is on the horizon, April 25th and 26th to be exact, and in addition to THE best in vintage garments and accessories the Show will feature wonderful items for your home in Vintage Home + Garden. The Shows will feature the best of the best dealers who are bringing their A game collections to share with you.
American pottery has been collectible since its inception in the mid-1800’s with its many manufactures, most of them based in the Mid-West, Ohio in particular. Let’s think Rookwood, Weller, Newcomb College, etc. In today’s post I’m concentrating, briefly, on Roseville Pottery, primarily it’s Magnolia and Thornapple patterns. How perfect for the Show’s theme.
When I recently visited a friends home I found it jam packed with many, many collections one of which was Roseville. While I totally acknowledge that I have no previous knowledge of American pottery, I can appreciate it and want to learn more about its origins. Here is where the knowledgeable dealers you find at each Randolph Street Market definitely come into play. There are many, many reproductions and fake pieces out there…educate yourself when collecting.
I particularly like these items being featured in Arts and Crafts homes, but find them charming in more modern settings. How fabulous in a solarium, or perhaps an enclosed porch.
The Roseville Pottery began making decorative ceramics in 1892 in Roseville, Ohio. The company moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1900. They became one of the largest pottery companies in the country before going bankrupt in 1954.
Roseville items come in many patterns, shapes and sizes. And, I’m sorry to say, there are too many “non-Roseville” pieces on the market. Research, research, research is the answer to authenticity!
I took several photos of my friend’s treasures to share with you.
A wall pocket…popular with dealers and collectors.
A huge urn…
Some of the vast variety of shapes are on display in a guest bedroom….lucky guest!!
In a vignette…this and the three photos above it, taken by me with my iPhone.
Interesting display of a vast collection. Here the collection doesn’t concentrate on one pattern but, in my opinion, it still works.
To continue your education…a couple of books.
As always when buying vintage items, do your homework, work with reputable dealers and most of all enjoy your collections.
All photos, unless otherwise noted, from Pinterest photo credits unknown.