Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Those these are difficult times, indeed, for all of us, I must apologize for the recent over emphasis of politics to the detriment of art pottery and food. I plan to adjust the lack of balance with this morning's post.
This week's printed edition of Antique Week contains a report from the 16th annual Arts and Crafts Conference held February 21-23 in Asheville, North Carolina. Here's a quote from a semi-lead paragraph (AW, like major media, takes a loose approach to the previously mentioned news pyramid):

Overall, it appeared that at this year's Arts and Crafts antique show, pottery, metalwork and accessories were doing well while the furniture market was soft.

A later graph spotlighted attendees David Rago and Suzanne Perrault of PBS' Antiques Roadshow fame and Lambertville, NJ:

Rago was pleased and had done "astoundingly well, more than double the best show ever...Still remaining in his booth on Sunday afternoon was a fabulous 14" Kenton Hills Porcelains vase with a scene of a man breaking a horse for $4,500."

As the Kenton Hills price suggests, the market for fine local Cincinnati art pottery is still very high. Several pieces of Rookwood were described in the article:

For the discriminating Rookwood collector, Fox (Pearce Fox of Philadelphia) had a 10" yellow vellum decorated with daylilies by Lenore Asbury for $7,950...A wonderful Rookwood carved matt bowl by William Hentschel was $3,350 in this booth (Crone Collectibles, Brewster, MA) and a 14" Rookwood wax matt vase in brilliant colors was tagged $4,800.

Sadly, the article fails to mention if any of these marvelous pieces of pottery actually sold. Never fear. This intrepid blogger plans to attend The American Art Pottery Convention this April in Cincinnati. I'm sure a similar cast of characters will appear in the Neatherland Hilton as appeared in North Carolina and I will keep a eye peeled for the pots mentioned in the article above.
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