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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 1980 item #1294326
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$15,000.00
This platter is about 14" d. and is an example of Viktor Schreckengost's artwork, shortly after he ceased working as a designer for Cowan Pottery (which closed in 1931). The piece has a full signature reading VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST and is dated '34 (for 1934). The ceramic plate was designed to look wheel-thrown and is actually a rare prototype in itself, of a line that VS proposed to American Limoges and wanted to have called "Peasant Ware." In the end, the company did not produce it, although ...
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 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. In 1931 they were both employed by Abingdon (Illinois), where this piece was made in what seems to be a limited number, only in the company's first year or two of artware production.

They used paper labels then, so...
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. That year, they commissioned Paul to design a special piece for their very best customers (those who mass-produced or mass-distributed the ovens using their rings).

In mint condition, this i...
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). Th...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Contemporary item #1211126
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$125.00
This great 9" t. figurine is a 1930s or 1940s design by the renowned Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson. The Shearwater Pottery is family-owned and -operated, since 1928, and the WIA designs are still in production, made from molds and individually hand-decorated.

"Frog Prince" is derived from a beloved fairytale, about the princess who kissed the frog and found her prince. It is one of the larger of the hard-to-locate fairytale figurines by Shearwater.

The bottom is mar...
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 : Low Countries : Pottery : Pre 1970 item #1083477
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$15.00
This military souvenir plate is 8" across and was made in Delft / Holland (as marked). The hand-colored plate has Art Deco male nude figures (so some gay interest), along with torches and emblems in blue on a white background. The piece was made as a twenty-year commemorative of the liberation of Holland from Nazi occupation during World War II. Eindhoven was the first Dutch city to be liberated, in a maneuver by the 101st Airborne Divsion and the Second British Army.

No nicks, chips, ha...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Glass : American : Art Glass : Pre 1980 item #1083474
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$750.00
This rare and beautiful 6-3/8" t. sculpture was made by Cleveland School artist Edris Eckhardt, who was a student of Guy Cowan's at the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art in the early 1930s and did some intern-style design for him. After the pottery closed in 1931, and around the time she graduated, Eckhardt became the head of the Cleveland Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, making storybook figurines in ceramics as a means of teaching children to read, while also keeping artists ...
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
Available: Email me to purchase.
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 #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...