Here is a beautiful vase from Rookwood Pottery. It is in the Standard Glaze produced from 1884 to 1909. This hand decorated piece was painted by Olga Geneva Reed, who worked at Rookwood between 1890 and 1909. The beautiful slip work gives the flowers nice texture and realism. This piece was made in 1893 according to the markings on the base, which include the "O.G.R." initials denoting Ms. Reed's work. The marks also include the Rookwwod "R" with seven flames, "379" and "W". The Standard Line gave Rookwood it's first recognition at the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris.
Maria Longworth Nichols founded the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1880. In the early years the company produced toilet seats, pitchers, and gray stoneware but soon ventured into more artistically decorated wares. In 1899, Rookwood won a gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris, and went on the be one of the premier American Art Pottery companies. Rookwood went through many management changes over the years and finally closed its doors in 1967.
This vase stands just over 6 3/4" tall, 1 3/8" across the rim (3/4" across the neck interior), 5" across the shoulders, 2 1/2" across the base. I can detect no chips, cracks or flakes. There is light crazing overall.
A very nice example of Rookwood Art Pottery which would make a great addition to or start on your collection!
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