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Van Briggle Pottery “Puppy” Bookends, Turquoise Blue, Late 1920's
The story of the Van Briggle Pottery Company is legendary. The brilliant young Artus Van Briggle, a rising star at the prestigious Rookwood Pottery, leaves Cincinnati, with the hope that the climate of Colorado Springs would abate his failing health. With his young bride-to-be Anne Gregory by his side, and the financial support of Rookwood's founder Maria Longworth Storer, he forms the Van Briggle Pottery Company. Following Artus's death in 1904 at the age of 35, Anne Van Briggle becomes president of the company, and remained involved in its operation until her death in 1929.
The Van Briggle Pottery remains one of the oldest American companies still producing art pottery today.
These charming bookends, designed circa 1915 and produced in the late 1920's, features an adorable pair of Pug-like pups ready to make your books "sit and stay", covered in classic Ming Turquoise matte glaze.
Condition is very good and priced accordingly, with no-harm production firing lines primarily to the underside of the base along with overall crazing, otherwise free from chipping, cracking or restoration.
These appear to be unmarked, although it's likely a double A logo on the rear base edge has been covered by the heavy glaze.
Each H 5", base 5" x 3".
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