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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 : 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 #158952
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$9,500.00
This 8" x 4" Peasant Ware serving bowl is a prototype that Cleveland artist Viktor Schreckengost designed in 1932 for American Limoges. The service was never produced, because the china company thought the designs were too heavy and too radically modern.

For a 1934 exhibition of contemporary industrial arts and crafts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Donald Deskey requested that Viktor provide some samples in a gunmetal black and an oyster white glaze. They were shown that ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #781442
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$2,500.00
pair
This outstanding pair of art deco sculptures is marked PHOENIX and dates to the late 1930s. The figurines represent a shepherd (or perhaps St. Francis) with a pair sheep, and an allegorical female companion who is winding wool onto a spindle. Very WPA in style.

They measures 10.5" t. and are glazed in a luscious combination of matte chocolate brown and thick milky white gloss.

No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1930 item #400332
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,500.00
This rare Roseville Pottery Futura "Four Ball Vase" is shape 393-12" in this celebrated and internationally famous 1928-1929 line. The glaze on this example is exceptionally nice, with mottling in shades of pumpkin, caramel and cocoa all over, and a frothy cream-colored glaze outlining the sphere- and square-shaped vessel.

Like most (if not all) examples of this shape, there was a tight hairline at one of the top corners, which has been professional restored so exceptionally well that n...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #781376
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,500.00
This outstanding 11.5" t. figurine was designed by Louise Abel and produced by Rookwood Pottery in 1930. Marked with the anniversary kiln marks and shape 6186 too, along with the Abel A within a circle.

Mint condition. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1960 item #781485
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$1,500.00
This 7.75" t. sculpture by Howard Kottler (1930-1989) won a 1st Prize in Ceramic Sculpture when exhibited (in multiples) at the 1956 Cleveland Museum of Art "May" Show. Originally, the "Cat" was shown with a wooden base, which is not present in this case.

A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Kottler was a Cleveland native and taught for many years at the University of Wisconsin. According to one website, "His work is a reflection of the personality: exuberant, irreverent, provoca...
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 #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 #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 1930 item #464331
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$995.00
This rare and delicate boudoir lamp was made in limited quantities by Cowan Pottery in the mid-1920s. The 6.25" t. figure was altered specifically for use in lamps, so that now the base is round and has NO holes for flower arranging. (This nude dancing figurine was originally a flower frog.) The shade is marked Steuben. Except for a small sliver chip where the shade is covered by metal, there are no nicks, chips, hairlines or repairs. Rewired and ready to use! (You'll have trouble finding anothe...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #781446
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$950.00
pair
These outstanding art deco sculptures are marked PHOENIX and date to the late 1930s. The birds measure 5.5" t. x 7.5" long and are glazed in a luscious combination of matte dark charcoal gray and thick milky white gloss.

Both figures are also marked with indelible ink 20th C Fox, as they were used as props for several Hollywood movies. One has the ink inventory number 32-2-25074 and the other is 32-2-25075.

Both beaks have a very tiny nick, but otherwise, there are no nicks, ch...
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 : 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 : 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 1930 item #659176
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$495.00
This beautiful Cowan lady flower figure is also a seahorse figural candelabra--rare and delicate. The base also has seashell shapes, perfect for use in a bowl with water and a few flower stems.

"Pavlova" is her nickname, after the Russian ballerina. Measurements are 6.75" t. x 9.75" at the widest. The round bottom portion has a 4.75" diameter, in case you're trying to match against a particular bowl. Special Ivory glaze, designed by R. Guy Cowan.

A very few black specs in the g...
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 #655439
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$395.00
This 7.25" t. Roseville Earlam vase is an outstanding example, blending mottled shades of green, blue and tan. The simple handles give the piece an art deco look, appropriate for its approximately 1930 date. Two completely different colorings on the two sides.

No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.