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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. The story went that these were a good place to hide one's small amount of still liquor during Prohibition.

This glaze is brick red and ivory bisque, with only the eyes and lips glossy and hand-decorated in kee...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1083106
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$950.00
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This rare art deco Rhead punch bowl measures about 11" in diameter and is about 5.25" tall, although in life it looks absolutely massive. Bound to be either a Frederick Alfred Rhead or Charlotte Rhead design. Fine example of British ceramics--and one of the most stunning European art pottery items I've had the honor to own. (Pattern is not mentioned in Bernard Bumpus's book COLLECTING RHEAD POTTERY.)

Layers of color, some sgrafitto and some tubelined (or squeezebag), with stars and co...
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. She left partly to escape...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Pre 2000 item #1003775
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$55.00
This 7.5" t. vase has a beautiful variegated glaze, with a different look from every perspective. Marked with two impressed marks, although I am not familiar with them. One resembles two E's back to back and the other a "triangle" of three circles. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
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 : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Pre 1990 item #912294
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$95.00
This fascinating and rare vase is 4.75" t. x 7.5" and represents the unique, eggshell-thin wheel-thrown "burnished earthenware" of Michael Morier, who was originally from Michigan (getting his BFA and MFA from Michigan State University). His work in represented in numerous museum collections.

According to a 2002 post on clayart, "I met him several years ago and possess one of his pieces, of the horsehair type. It is indeed very beautiful, and I cherish it. He is a most interesting man,...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Pre 1990 item #912291
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$85.00
This beautiful 5.5" t. handmade porcelain vase is the work of Karen Thuesen Massaro, whose website can be found at www.karentmassaro.com. There, in her artist statement, she writes,

"I make poems for the eye and the hand. Composite arrangements of forms support fired layers of color. Most of my sculptures have remained intimate in scale, and nod to the tactile and visual potential of clay surfaces. The current forms display new geometries that stem from organic shapes of previous work....
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Pre 1990 item #912290
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$95.00
This beautiful 6.5" t. handmade porcelain vase is the work of Karen Thuesen Massaro, whose website can be found at www.karentmassaro.com. There, in her artist statement, she writes,

"I make poems for the eye and the hand. Composite arrangements of forms support fired layers of color. Most of my sculptures have remained intimate in scale, and nod to the tactile and visual potential of clay surfaces. The current forms display new geometries that stem from organic shapes of previous work....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #904705
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$45.00
This unusual 5.25" enamel was found in a Cleveland house sale, so was probably drawn by a Cleveland artist, where enameling was an important design focus at the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art. This piece is titled "Waiting for the Jury" and appears to satirize either a writer, editor, or attorney.

On the back are marks that read "Christmas 1949 / Berit Studios / Arthur & Sidney LeVine."

If you run your fingers around the edge, you might find some very small losses--but...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #904703
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$45.00
This unusual 5.25" enamel was found in a Cleveland house sale, so was probably drawn by a Cleveland artist, where enameling was an important design focus at the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art. This piece is titled "Misplaced Comma" and appears to satirize either a writer, editor, or attorney.

On the back are marks that read "Christmas 1949 / Berit Studios / Arthur & Sidney LeVine."

If you run your fingers around the edge, you might find some very small losses--but noth...
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. Note that it is hand-incised E Scrivens and dated 44 underne...
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. The foot is pierced in the wrong location to hang properly, for o...
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. The backing allows it to be hung on the wall and also features a paper label explaining the (traditional) traits of Gemini, all worded in a positive manner--unlike some other descriptions of astrology and astrological signs.

Excellent condition.

For a larger ph...
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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #836624
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$10.00
Made by Meric Art Studios (previously West End Pottery, in East Liverpool, Ohio) during the early 1930s. Very art deco.

This 8" fan vase is marked UNDERGLAZE HAND DECORATED, has blue and pink flowers, soem heavy staining in places, a little dripping in the glaze (factory), and a base chip underneath. It is an unusual piece, so I thought someone would enjoy it anyway.

Shape 2168. No factory mark.