Since the founding on November 27, 1880, the Rookwood company has created an infinite number of masterpieces by world renowned artists. Over the decades of operation many different styles, shapes and glazes took center stage in the marketplace. Early on one such vogue was the standard glaze examples created in the late 1800s into the early 1900s. These often consisted of a background in shades of brown and tan with highly detailed florals, animals and people used as the subject matter. Here is a striking example by the artist Carrie Steinle. She worked at the Rookwood factory starting in 1886 and ultimately retired in 1925 to pursue her life at Mount Saint Martin’s Young Women’s Institute where she remained until her passing in 1944. Beginning at age 15 she was involved at Rookwood, within six years was decorating pottery. For a time, she was actually the director of the color room. This exquisite example of hers was created in 1899 in the standard glaze line. It sports stems of delicate yellow flowers in clumps originating at the base and spreading out at the top rim. The vase stands 5 3/4” tall, measures 3 3/4” across the top, 5” handle to handle. Visible on the bottom, the classic Rookwood logo with flames circling the RP indicating the year, 1899, the shape and size number 459D and Ms Steinle’s cypher. After thorough examination and cleaning, no damage or repairs noted. I will mention for accuracy that the outside is covered with a very fine crazing pattern and visible in one of the pictures is a slight surface scratch on the backside away from the slip decoration. The crazing is common for this line and the scratch does not deter from the beauty or value of the vase. A wonderful example to fit in any collection! Thank you for viewing my shop.
Rookwood Art Pottery Vase-Carrie Steinle
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