For sale is a lovely vase made by The Roseville Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio. The pattern is called "Pinecone" and it is done in their very sought after blue background glaze. This pattern and color is one of Roseville's most desirable to collect. The vase is rather large as it stands 11 3/16" tall and is 8 1/4" in diameter outside shoulder measurement. The top opening is 5" in diameter inside measurements. The bottom has a diameter of 4 3/8".
The vase depicts realistic handles in the form of a branch. There is a much smaller branch handle on one side and a much larger branch handle on the other. These branches each have an embossed Pine Cone with pine needles extending up and down. The green pine needles have wonderful detail as you can see many pine needles that comprise these clusters. The background glaze is light and very dark shades of navy blue. The Pine Cones are crisp and very well detailed and they are done in a brown glaze. The inside top lip has a wonderful and earthy caramel thin layer of brown glaze that bleeds to a beige from the top area to the bottom.
This was Frank Ferrell's most popular design that he ever created while working at The Roseville Pottery Company. In fact, the company would have had to close it doors if it wasn't for the success of this line in the mid to Late 1930's. The Pinecone line was considered the most popular line ever made at Roseville Pottery and that is still evident today. There are 4 colors that Pinecone was made in and they are blue, brown, green and pink. Pink commands the highest price and is rarely seen. Blue commands the next highest price with brown not too far behind.
This vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The only issue is some crazing and is very typical with this glaze and a pin pop in the glaze and this is pictured. This crazing can be seen under a bright light. It is on the inside and outside of the vase and simply was made this way. The piece is signed on the bottom with the incised "Roseville" mark along with the mold number 711-10". Also, the vase still retains about 1/2 of its original price tag label. There is a letter "L" and another mark in blue glaze I cannot make out. These were more than likely the finishers marks. This is a quality large piece of art pottery that will enhance any art pottery collection, especially those of you who collect Roseville Blue Pinecone.
This vase was made circa 1935-45.