Easy to read, alphabetically arranged, and beautifully illustrated,
Introducing Roseville Pottery
... is also an ESSENTIAL reference book, because it is based on new research!
These sample pages indicate a few features that make this book so useful, whether you are a dealer or collector, new or experienced. For example, Introducing Roseville Pottery was the first book to show that Early Velmoss (above left) is a ca. 1916 Roseville product. Prices are going up, up, up! Another chapter illustrates the difference between damage and factory flaws, with detailed closeup photographs.
Trial Glaze pieces are valuable--often 2-4 times the value of a standard production piece! Don't overlook them. As the photograph above (left) shows, a Trial Glaze shape is identical to a standard Roseville shape, but with non-standard colors (and trial glaze notations on the bottom).
The photograph above (right) illustrates older Japanese reproductions beside ACTUAL Roseville pieces. Many of the new (1990s) Chinese reproductions are all illustrated in Introducing Roseville Pottery, along with their fake marks. For the first time, this book features dozens of photographs of actual Roseville marks--instead of drawings of them!
Several features of this book help beginners avoid costly mistakes. For example, the photograph above (left) reminds us that Futura and Pine Cone are sometimes mistaken for another line, or vice versa. This kind of misidentification can be expensive for the seller!
Roseville lookalikes (made by other companies) and recent fantasy pieces are also illustrated. An black ink version of the mark shown here (above right) was used by Roseville only on the Rozane Line, decorated with medium-relief roses on a "dimpled" or "hammered" background. The mark shown is found on the non-Roseville vase with a red tulip as decoration.
© 2009 Mark Bassett