This example is a reproduction vase in a 1940's Roseville Pottery pattern called Foxglove. The vase is marked with the Roseville name and numbers, as shown. Although in most instances a mark is not the recommended first step for pottery or porcelain identification, in this case it helps to know that this company only used their name "Roseville" unaccompanied by a marking to show country of manufacture only between 1932-1937. Since the Foxglove pattern did not enter production until 1942, then, we should see "USA" printed in that rather obvious gap between the pottery's name and the mold number.
The reason we see a vacant area there instead is because items bearing marks suggesting manufacture occurred in the United States (USA) cannot legally be imported if they were actually made in another country, in this case China. Although an authentic Roseville 47-8 Foxglove pottery vase may have been used to create the mold for this item, the 'USA' included in its mark was removed from the mold before copies were made from it, so the reproductions could comply with our customs regulations.
Notice the flat and uninviting glaze colors, with coloration that is thick and opaque. There is no careful shading between colors to blend them nicely with one another, as would be present on an authentic Roseville Pottery piece. The heavy clay body is dead white, as seen on the base, where glazing is absent. This is not the buff color clay of vintage Roseville. Careful examination also reveal the low quality production methods used to achieve this end result. There is little pattern definition, with flower petals and leaves lacking proper detail. We also see over-spray and exchanges of color where none should be present, and areas where proper glazing is entirely absent.
Although unlikely to fool the veteran buyer, a novice may not immediately spot the differences in quality. They might buy this reproduction as 'authentic' because they are guided only by the application of the Roseville name underneath. Unfortunately for pottery collectors, boatloads of false Roseville marked articles continue to be made available for a very nominal price by reproduction wholesale sources.
Measures 12 inches tall.
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