Art Pottery & 20th Century Design
Sales, Pottery ID's and Appraisals
© 2009 Mark Bassett
In the fall of 2005, Mark took full-time employment as a teacher of
writing and other general-education
courses (at Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland, Ohio). For information about his activities, please read the
Mark Bassett can not provide
free ID's or appraisals. Sorry!
How to Do It
Reference books and
study are essential to a fuller appreciation of our ceramic art
history. Mark's personal education in this regard has taken 20 years,
and he is an active person, juggling lots of projects.
specialized books on pottery available, plus Ebay and other
on-line resources, you can
easily conduct your own
research and come up with approximate values for selling a single item
at auction or in a house sale.
Why not join the American Art Pottery
Association, where you can find LOTS of other folks who love to
speculate about makers, values, and related topics... and read the
AAPA's outstanding bimonthly journal?
The AAPA also runs a pottery discussion group, runs
photos of unidentified pots on its website, and also offers services
such as an on-line translator of foreign phrases into English. Much of
the website is available to the general public--for free!
If you are planning to attend an antique
show or pottery-related
event, why not bring along that pot you haven't been able to identify?
Pottery lovers enjoy testing their knowledge, and it is easy to gather
a variety of opinions that way. In no time, you will discover that the
maker of your piece can be narrowed down to just a few likely
This is the ideal place to find several dozen folks who won't mind
giving you guestimates
of value and all kinds of other advice.
While at an antique show,
Bassett (like other pottery lovers) enjoys speaking with everyone about
our various collections, research activities and
other interests. In that setting, he is often invited to offer his "two
about an unmarked pot and is happy to do so.
Occasionally, Mark takes selected consignments
or complete collections on commission from collectors, to be offered
for sale at one of the
shows in which he participates as an exhibitor/dealer.
the annual July "Pottery Festival" in Zanesville and Cambridge, Ohio,
is an outstanding opportunity for him to sell the rarest consignments.
Consultations are free, and the commission is reasonable. References
available upon request.
Bassett does not value or ID pottery by email or telephone. Sorry!
All appraisals must follow his first-hand
examination of the object(s) in question. Photographs or verbal
descriptions are not acceptable alternatives.
Speciality: 20th-century American and European art pottery
Fees: Please inquire for
details regarding fees. ($50 minimum.)
In many cases, some additional research
is necessary. Fees are computed
by the hour (or fraction thereof). References
available upon request.