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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 #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 #836574
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$275.00
This rare 7.75" t. x 4.75" wall pocket was made by the Sebring Pottery (in Alliance, Ohio) in about 1929-1930, contemporary with Roseville's Futura, Muncie's Ruba Rombic, and Weller's Lorbeek. The jazzy skyscraper angularity of those lines lasted only 1 season, until the stock market crash made consumers aim for long-term livability in their purchases, not novelty.

Bears an original paper label reading "LEIGH ART WARE" and naming this glaze as "Bronze." Excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #836573
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$275.00
This rare 7.75" t. x 4.75" wall pocket was made by the Sebring Pottery (in Alliance, Ohio) in about 1929-1930, contemporary with Roseville's Futura, Muncie's Ruba Rombic, and Weller's Lorbeek. The jazzy skyscraper angularity of those lines lasted only 1 season, until the stock market crash made consumers aim for long-term livability in their purchases, not novelty.

Bears an original paper label reading "LEIGH ART WARE" and naming this glaze as "Bronze." Excellent condition.
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 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 #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 : Popular Collectibles : Decorations : Contemporary item #781393
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$195.00
This "weed pot" measures 3.75" t. x 4.25" diameter and was made by Campbell Pottery as part of the Collectors Corner series. Each of these crystalline-glazed pots is handmade and one of a kind. This example has the typical satiny finish, in shades of gray and silver. Marked CC1799 and dated 1-5-07.

Inside is trapped a jingle bell--which sounds when the piece is rolled around in your hands. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
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 : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Paper : Pre 1980 item #678456
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$15.00
Title: NEW DAWN for women
Date: May 1976
Premier Issue: Volume 1, Number 1
Place of publication: New York

Approximate size: 10.75" x 8.25"and 116 pages long
Condition: Very good. (Cover bent near spine. Some chipping.)
Original price: $1.50

Announcement reads "At Last! A new kind of magazine for today's new kind of woman" plus "A look at the 'Cosmo' hype." The cover illustration shows a woman ripping a copy of COSMOPOLITAN in half.
Cover articl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #673836
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$250.00
This unusual advertising piece is 10.25" long x 6.5" tall, and has a medium-relief elephant and several ivory tusks as the main decoration. The Mayer China Company made a number of designs (including animal sculptures and figural vases and bowls) that were the work of Austrian immigrant Valerie ("Vally") Wieselthier. This piece is not marked with her facsimile signature, but may be her design nonetheless.

Glossy white. No nicks, chips, hairlines or repairs. Believe to date to the 1930s.
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$295.00
This 6.25" t. figure was made by Hoganas (Sweden) and is an extremely interesting design of a nude boy riding on top of a tiger, who seems to be under his control. Perhaps there is a mythical or religious story behind these figures. Or perhaps it is meant to depict the African American story of "Little Black Sambo."

Mottled semigloss glaze of very pale celadon green (almost gray) and dark oxblood red (almost black).

The feet have been ground so that the piece stands level. But ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #659842
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$125.00
This beautiful 7" t. Cowan Pottery vase is shape V-52, glazed in the glossy matrix glaze called Peach, which has speckling in yellow over pink. I cannot begin to tell you how lovely this vase looks with flowers.

Die-impressed COWAN. No nicks, chips, hairlines or repairs. There is a very small white speck on the edge of the foot in one spot where the glaze did not completely cover the clay (factory). Not distracting at all.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #659839
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$125.00
This beautiful 7" t. Cowan Pottery vase is shape V-52, glazed in the glossy matrix glaze called Azure, which has speckling in chartreuse or medium green on turquoise or aqua blue. I cannot begin to tell you how lovely this vase looks with flowers.

Die-impressed COWAN. No nicks, chips, hairlines or repairs.
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...