And we auction about 400 to 500 pieces of Rookwood here twice a year, so I get to play with all that, which is almost as good as owning it yourself. The most valuable one went through about four years ago, and sold for 0,000. In 1991 we were fortunate enough to buy probably the largest collection of Rookwood ever assembled called the Glover Collection, which we dispersed in an auction setting, thinking we would do that auction and then get out of the auction business.
It was a very rare combination of hand glaze and electro-plated metal, done by the Japanese artist Kataro Shirayamadani. But then we were encouraged to sell other Rookwood collections, and we’ve been doing it since 1991 and have a great time at it.
Rookwood Pottery was founded in 1880 by Marie Longworth Nichols.
Rookwood pottery's initial work demonstrated an Oriental and European influence.
In the early 1900's Rookwood pottery quickly moved into the arts and crafts and art nouveau styles.
During this time, Rookwood introduced many of the more desirable and important glazes such as Iris, Vellum, Sea Green, Ariel Blue and painted mattes.
Throughout Rookwood's years they mastered such diverse styles as Victorian, art nouveau, arts and crafts, and art deco.
From the very beginning, Rookwood pottery's production and quality standards exceeded virtually every other American art pottery manufacturer.
He owned the copyright, and did that for almost 20 years.They wanted to be profitable, but they also wanted to do things the right way.They also had a constant supply of well trained artists working at Rookwood because of their proximity with the Cincinnati Art Museum and the training facilities at the museum’s art academy.Recently a group of businessmen here at Cincinnati bought the copyright from him and they’re trying to put Rookwood back on the map.So although Rookwood wasn’t in continuous production from 1880, the copyright has always been enforced. They were very conscientious about always trying to continuously improve their product, quality was always on their mind.As a result, Rookwood pottery achieved a greatness that was second to none.Rookwood was one of the few potteries to mark items as seconds for even the most minute factory inconsistencies.Rookwood pottery was made in Cincinnati, Ohio, beginning in 1880.All of this art pottery is marked, most with the famous flame mark. The name and some of the molds were bought by a collector in 1982. In 2004, a group of Cincinnati investors bought the company and 3,700 original molds, the name, and trademark.The R is reversed and placed back to back with the letter P. After 1900, a Roman numeral was added to the mark to indicate the year. Pottery was made in Cincinnati again beginning in 2006.Today the company makes architectural tile, art pottery, and special commissions.