Old USA art pottery of unknown origin- HELP!
USA marked art pottery 1920's or 1930's
I am in the process of emptying the contents of my dear grandmother's home, who passed in October at age 100.
I have been around antiques for some time as a collector of many things: Wedgwood basalt, seltzer bottles and Persian carpets, so I know enough to be dangerous!
In the process of cataloging her belongings for an estate sale, after the family claimed what they wanted, I did find a few distinctive things that were fairly easily identified: a Roseville console bowl, a pair of Phoenix Glass vases...but this particular piece has me stymied.
The only history that the family has on this, is that it was in my GREAT-grandmother's home. My aunt, who is 80, remembers it as a child there.
As the photo shows, it's quite large, at about 19 1/2" tall. The bottom is unglazed and is marked U.S.A. 157/- . My first thought was McCoy, but I haven't found anything even close.
Plus, a potential buyer told me that McCoy typically finished the bottoms of their pieces.
I would love to know whatever I can about it. I want to get a fair price for the estate's benefit, and to have my grandmother's beloved things realize their true value, if at all possible.
That said...I don't really like it! The green is rather garish and just doesn't fit it to any of our family's taste. In case anyone is wondering, I have it priced at $125 at the estate sale.
The same buyer who told me it wasn't McCoy was willing to pay $100.
Reply by Peter (admin)
I think this looks 1920's or 30's. It makes a kind of attempt to be Art Deco 'modern' rather than the flouncy Art Deco curly style.
I looked at past auction lots of umbrella stands from this period and personally, I would be glad to take $100 USD for this - sounds about right.
Even some famous potteries like Roseville don't go for much more than that, unless highly prized examples.