For Auction is an adorable Art Pottery Basket made by The Roseville Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio. The Pattern is "Pinecone" and it is done in their most popular Blue background glaze. This Pattern and Color is one of Roseville's most desirable to Collect. The Basket is very petite size as it stands 6 1/2" tall and is approximately 5 3/4" in diameter outside handles measurement.
The Vase depicts a very realistic handle in the form of a branch joined to a Pine Cone with green pine needles protruding from the Cone. This handle gives this piece its realistic appeal. On one end of the handle is a Pine Cone with Needles and the other side has a thick curled lip. The Pine Cone attaches to the lip with the Pine Needles extending out and down to join another set of pine needles that are attached to the waist. The Glaze colors are very pleasing as the Background is a light cream color surrounded by a bright Royal Blue. The Pine cones display a warm cocoa brown glaze. The Pine Needles that Protrude from the Pine Cone are done in a Sage Green Glaze. When looking into the vase it has a heart shaped appearance as shown in picture 4.
Frank Ferrell's was the Artist that Created this Pattern for Roseville. This was the 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. 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 the Pinecone Line was made and they are Blue, Brown, and Green and Pink. Pink Commands the Highest Price and is Rarely seen. Blue Commands the next highest price with Brown not too far behind.
The Basket is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The inside shows almost no signs of use. On one end there are a few light areas in the glaze and this is pictured and considered insignificant. The Basket is signed with "Roseville U.S.A." raised relief mark along with the shape number "408-6" also done in raised relief. There is also the number the letter "X" written in a Blue Grease Pencil. More than likely this was the finishers marks.
This is a quality piece of art pottery that will enhance any art pottery collection, especially those of you who collect Roseville Blue Pinecone. This size Basket Rarely comes up for sale without damage. These are small baskets and it was very common for these to get knock over and broken but this one "IS NOT". The condition and quality doesn't get much better than this. This would make an excellent Christmas, Birthday or Valentines Day Gift!!