Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Lot 1133-Black Iris Glaze with Copper and Silver Mounts

Slim art pottery and food material on this here pitiful excuse for a blog in my dampened obsession with the doomed neoconservoimperialists.
While an occasional reader might imagine I’ve stopped eating and lusting after expensive pottery, I haven’t, sweetie.
Since its arrival late yesterday afternoon, I’ve been deep within the catalogue for the Cincinnati Art Galleries 15th annual spring sale of Rookwood and other American and European Pottery and Art Glass.
This year’s edition of the always-superb catalogue has an equally fine on line version and I would recommend a quick peek before these items appear on Ebay.
Lot 1133, with a presale estimate of $125,000 to $150,000, seems a likely contender to break the CAG’s highest recorded sale of $198,000.
I found it interesting, from a careful reading of the catalogue’s quirky and always enjoyable text, that Gallery Director and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Riley Hummler is slowing drifting to the conclusion that the “anomalous” or “esoteric” marks found on Rookwood dated 1930 and 1931 were meant to symbolize the pottery’s 50th anniversary.
From the text regarding Lot 1256:

Marks include the pottery logo, shape 2523, the date and an esoteric mark, perhaps connotative of Rookwood’s Fiftieth Anniversary.

I wonder what, if anything, will finally make the Rookwood establishment recognize the “anomalous mark” and its likely origin in the stucco pattern on the exterior walls of the Mount Adam’s pottery?
Sometimes, when one subjects an object to close scrutiny, the obvious gets lost in the detail.

Scroll to November 4, 2003 for my post on the CAG's Winter Sale.

Scroll to March 25, 2003 for a post on the "anomalous mark" and a photo of the Rookwood Pottery's stucco.

Image: Cincinnati Art Galleries, LLC
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