Sunday, May 23, 2010

Roseville Pinecone

I love books. The internet is great, but when it comes to vintage research I look in my books first. I have several Gene Florence books on glass, and some pottery books, but I don't have books for everything I collect. I thought I would go the library and check out a Roseville book, and I grabbed Roseville, In All it's Splendor done my Jack and Nancy Bomm.

I've always recognized the Roseville Pinecone pattern. It's very pretty, and easy to recognize, you just look for a pinecone. I knew it was their most popular pattern, and it's still highly collected and sought after. However, until reading the book above I didn't know it was originally rejected by Roseville when it's creator, Ferrel, first made it. The sample was rejected and placed in a museum, where a salesman came across it. He was sure he could sell it, and it saved the company in the 1930s. I guess management not recognizing what the people want has been a common theme not only in this day and age.

Color plays a part in collectability. Pink is the rarest, so it tends to run more. Blue is also highly sought after. Since this pattern is easily recognized, you might not be able to find a bargain. If you do come across a piece at a garage sale that it reasonably priced, grab it. Even if you don't want it someone else will. Also, it still works great for home decor, and is very unique.

This sample is from PrissyAntiques on Etsy and according to the listing is in great condition. I just love the blue color. Wouldn't it look nice on a dresser with flowers in it?


Anonymous said...

I'm a long time fan and collector of Roseville as well as pottery. They're flunctuations in the market on Roseville but not nearly the drop that we find in other areas of antiques or collectibles. The likely hood of the bottom ever falling out under the Roseville name is very marginal if anything. They're a lot of fakes in the market though so it does pay to have prior knowledge of colors and patterns as well as which are labeled and which are before labeling.

Sarah B. said...

I know nothing about this subject, but I do know that that vase is beautiful!! It looks like it would be an extension of whatever flowers you put in there ;)

blondiesvintage said...

Interesting post, I learn something new everyday online it seems. :}

catsnjammer64 said...

Most people that collect Roseville have been burnt in the beginning or at sometime because of the older Roseville pieces that were reproduced in Mexico are quite close to the original.

Once you know Roseville you can see a fake a mile off so it is good to know since Roseville is not inexpensive pottery. It is better to know the product if the main purpose is collecting.

For the most part though I think if people are not interested in the collectable part, and not everyone is, it is o.k. to go ahead and buy things simply because you like them,

Valerie (Discerningchichi) said...

This is a beautiful vase ModredVintage. I know little about the provenance of pottery pieces so thank you for sharing and introducing us to Roseville.

Cyber Hippie Gypsies said...

you just can't beat books! I love them so much!