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Amazing Roosevelt Bears Milk Pitcher, 1907

Amazing Roosevelt Bears Milk Pitcher, 1907

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: American: Pottery: Pre 1910: Item # 1207608

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This is a fantastic 1907 ceramic pitcher featuring the Roosevelt Bears. This piece was produced by The Buffalo Pottery Company in 1907. Buffalo Pottery’s history began in 1903 when the Larkin Soap Company of Buffalo, New York began making pottery and china to offer customers as premiums when they purchased soap products by mail order or through select retail outlets. While the soap being sold was the focus of John Durrant Larkin, his brother-in-law Elbert Hubbard, who was a salesman with the company, spearheaded the marketing plan that resulted in the now-famous pottery company. An ardent follower of William Morris, Hubbard organized the legendary Roycrofters in his home in Illinois. His fascination with the Arts and Crafts movement no doubt influenced the hand decorated art pottery Buffalo distributed with soap in its early years. Hubbard tragically lost his life on the Lusitania in 1915, but the pottery company he inspired continued to live on. Operating nine kilns from the very beginning, the first Buffalo products were actually semi-vitreous dinnerware sets. In fact, this was the first American-based company to produce a line of Blue Willow ware, and their mastery of blue-printing china rivaled that of English factories. They also developed a line named Gaudy Willow which featured multicolored decor. Other early products included game, fowl and fish sets - styles popular the world over in the early 1900s. Buffalo also made commemorative and historical lines, which included Roosevelt Bears pieces and other pitchers featuring fairy tales like Cinderella or historical figures such as George Washington. Created by Seymour Eaton, in his book The Traveling Bears, these Teddy Bears are wearing Teddy Roosevelt's trademark spectacles and they are pictured at home, at the circus, in school and even driving an early automobile. There are many other smaller vignettes all with captions from the book. This piece measures 8" x 8 1/2". This piece is in perfect condition. Marked Buffalo Pottery 1907, Under-glaze Warranted, Copyright Edward Stern & Co. on the bottom. Such a fantastic piece, absolutely mesmerizing!