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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #1083106
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$950.00
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1940 item #904657
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
$55.00
This 9.5" t. melon-ribbed vase has the "geranium leaf" green glaze that Martin Stangl devised in the late 1920s and that was used both there and at Haeger. No marks.

Exceptional example, with no chips, nicks, hairlines, or repairs.
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...