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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1211516
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$150.00
This 6.25" t. vase was made in 1930 by Cowan Pottery (Rocky River, Ohio--a Cleveland suburb).

Stunning and in excellent condition, with no issues to report. Marked with the die-impressed Cowan logo.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1930 item #1211456
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$495.00
About 6.25" t. Beautiful and unusual piece!

During 1929 and early 1930, the internationally renowned sculptor Alexander Archipenko taught ceramics classes in New York. The works of his students are well designed, but exceptionally rare. They bear an ARKO logo (using letters from his surname)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1211451
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,250.00
About 7" t. No marks, other than the raised name of the designer, F.J. Moody, along the edge of the base.

This piece was designed by Francis Moody in 1929, while she was enrolled at Ohio State University. Her husband Leslie (Les) Moody was majoring in ceramics there...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1910 item #1211449
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$375.00
About 5" t. x 6.5" (across the top, to edge of handle).

Extremely rare and early Roseville design, on an otherwise undocumented shape...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1950 item #1211441
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,250.00
About 6.75" t. x 8.5" x 4.5" ceramic sculpture, with a terra-cotta red clay body.

This unusual and decorative piece is unique (that is, one of a kind) and was designed and hand-modeled by Cowan Pottery alumnus and graduate of the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art Paul Bogatay.

The glaze is partly applied over the top portion of the figure, allowing the clay to show through a bit near the underside and on the feet...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1211422
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$15,000.00
(email me with questions or to purchase)
Approximately 7" t. x 11.5" x 4" teapot, properly marked PAUL SCHRECKENGOST and GEM CLAY FORMING CO.

This iconic design by the brother of Viktor Schreckengost was made in an extremely small edition in 1938. The company specialized in clay mantle rings for the stovetops of gas-burning ovens...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1211419
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$295.00
Elsa Rady (1943-2011) was widely known for the elegance and grace of her refined, delicate porcelains. She became friends with the controversial gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe, who included her work in some of his still-life photography.

A detailed obituary can be found in the Los Angeles Times: articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/06/local/ la-me-elsa-rady-20110204.

This bud vase is decorative more than functional, for it has the tiniest mouth (in the style of Rose Cabat feelies)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1083579
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$195.00
This is an unusual example of Meric Art Ware (East Liverpool, Ohio), made in the early 1930s. It measures 10.75" tall x 8.25" x 7.5" and has medium-relief roses and ribbons on both sides--and outrageous reticulated handles that look like wings, giving the whole design an Austrian look.

Glossy cobalt blue. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. Marked with the four-digit shape number 2125 and several obscure marks.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1083200
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$375.00
This rare art deco figure measures about 8.25" tall and is hand-incised Waylande Gregory, along with his WG monogram (from the New York period). The shape was originally designed for Cowan Pottery, before 1931, where it was either a lamp or a decanter, whose crown was removable...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1082885
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$395.00
This impressive art deco 10.75" tall x 8.25" x 2.75" wall pocket was made in the late 1930s by General Ceramics (New York). The design features a dove of peace (think Noah's Ark), holding a laurel branch in his beak, in medium relief. Very pretty and useful conversation piece.

Vally Wieselthier (1895-1945) was an extremely talented artist who immigrated to the United States from Vienna Austria, where she had been an important member of the Wiener Werkstaette...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #981193
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,250.00
This Roseville Wisteria 639-10" vase sports the largest, darkest, deepest blue background of any example I have ever seen. And everybody who sees it agrees! Just splendid! The shape is also tall enough and cylindrical enough that the wisteria pattern "reads" extremely well.

Excellent example for the advanced collector. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. Marked only 3 and X in blue crayon, underglaze. There is a felt protector on the foot that I have not disturbed.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #904657
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$55.00
This 9.5" t. melon-ribbed vase has the "geranium leaf" green glaze that Martin Stangl devised in the late 1920s and that was used both there and at Haeger. No marks.

Exceptional example, with no chips, nicks, hairlines, or repairs.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1950 item #854199
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,500.00
This 9" t. ceramic sculpture is by the Cleveland School artist Emilie Scrivens, who began an intensive study of pottery, sculpture, and mold-making as a WPA artist in the Federal Art Project of Cleveland, under Edris Eckhardt. Over time, her skills improved sufficiently that she won awards from the annual May Show of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In 1944 she entered a piece there called MY MOTHER, which may be this very piece...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #854194
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$950.00
This extremely rare 10.75" plate was thrown on a potter's wheel and hand-decorated by Lawrence Blazey in 1934. Blazey studied pottery seriously for the first time only after Cowan Pottery closed in 1931, after which time Russell Barnett Aitken and Harold Hunsicker inherited Cowan's wheel and set up shop as the Pottery Workshop (a few years later).

As this piece indicates, Blazey's first attempts were not fully successful...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1970 item #854159
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$95.00
This ceramic sculpture was made by Summitville Tile Company, for whom Don Schreckengost (Viktor's brother) was the chief artist director. The tile itself measures 6.25" square and is mounted on its original wood backing...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #836673
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$45.00
Made by Meric Art Studios (previously West End Pottery, in East Liverpool, Ohio) during the early 1930s. Very art deco.

This 2.25" t. x 7.5" x 4.25" planter 3062 was made about the same time as Roseville Pottery Futura, Muncie Ruba Rombic, and Weller Lorbeek. Very angular, geometric shape. Orange matte with a glossy white interio.

Shape 3062. No factory mark. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #836661
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$95.00
Made by Meric Art Studios (previously West End Pottery, in East Liverpool, Ohio) during the early 1930s. Very art deco.

This 6.5" x 8.75" pillow vase 2172 has two handles and a ruffled rim and is glazed in a beautiful satiny semi-matte cobalt blue. A very feminine shape, copied from a c. 1900 Roseville Rozane Royal shape.

Shape 2172. No factory mark. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #836631
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$25.00
Made by Meric Art Studios (previously West End Pottery, in East Liverpool, Ohio) during the early 1930s. Very art deco.

This 6.25" t. swan figural planter is shape 3046. The silver glaze is quite reflective and was made with platinum.

Shape 3046. No factory mark. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.