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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 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). Some examples have the designer's name too, but not all.

This piece bears the original typed paper label, identifying the glaze as "Sang Boeuf" (oxblood red), the name as "Lady in Coat Ash...
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 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. This line was called Blue Porcelain by the early authors, although it is made of pottery too, like the other products.

The Viennese-style geometric decorations could only have been the work of Frederick Hurten Rhead, as he was au courant with the latest design motifs of the day, even the Secession (also called Art Nouveau outside Austria).
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Contemporary item #1211446
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$150.00
Sale Pending
About 4.75" t. x 5.25" across, with a rounded triangular opening. Beautiful piece!

This hand-made porcelain footed bowl is by William Melstrom (Austin, Texas). The crystals are extremely striking.

Hand-incised A and Melstrom, plus 2007. Inkstamp logo too.

Ohio buyers must pay their local sales tax. Excellent condition! No issues whatsoever to report.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Contemporary item #1211445
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$45.00
This 5.5" t. figurine is a 1930s 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.

He is comical, despite his attempt to look ferocious and the blue hair of legend.

The bottom is hand-incised with the SP monogram and 08 (for 2008).

No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. Exceptional condition! Pe...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Contemporary item #1211444
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$45.00
This 5.75" t. x 5.5" figurine is a 1930s 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.

He is dynamic and comical, leaning a little too far toward his fiddle, don't you think?

The bottom is hand-incised with the SP monogram and 08 (for 2008).

No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. Exceptional...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Contemporary item #1211443
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$45.00
This 6.5" t. figurine is a 1930s 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.

He is muscular and comical, despite the fact that he seems to be holding a dagger in his left hand (and maybe a tambourine in the right).

The bottom is hand-incised with the SP monogram and 08 (for 2008).

No nicks,...
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 : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Contemporary item #1211122
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$55.00
This 6.5" t. figurine is a 1930s 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.

He has a comical stance, despite carrying a somewhat ferocious-looking firearm... the blunderbuss!

The bottom is marked with a partial SHEARWATER inkstamp. This example was made in 2008.

No nicks, chips, hairlines,...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Figurines : Contemporary item #1211120
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$55.00
This 7.5" t. figurine is a 1930s 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.

He is muscular and comical, despite the large sword.

The bottom is marked with a partial SHEARWATER inkstamp. This example was made in 2008.

No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. Exceptional condition! Perfect fo...
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...