Friday, July 13, 2007

High Gloss Tan Zanesware Stoneware Flower Bowl with Low Relief Garlands

Here is a tan high gloss Zanesville Stoneware flower bowl purchased at another antique mall.
This one was found in a booth whose owner was going out of business; however, it had only been marked $10 in the first place. I would have happily paid $10 for this example of a Zanesville Stoneware line that is new to me.

While it is from a later period in Zanesville Stoneware history and molded, not handmade, it is still a nicely done flower bowl about 3 inches tall and 6 inches across at the shoulders. The decoration is low relief floral garlands and the mold was still new enough to give a nice crispness to the flowers and leaves. At four equidistant points there are oak leaf shapes used to pin the garlands. Looking at the bottom which is the only place the mold line is obviously visible, it is possible to see that the oak leaf shapes were used to hide the mold line on the sides of the bowl. The uneven wash of color across the bottom is common for this period of production.

Zanesville Stoneware Company produced pottery from 1889 until 2002 when the plant closed. Robinson Ransbottom Pottery, perhaps better known among collectors as RRP Co., purchased the assets in 2002 before closing their own doors in 2005.

This particular flower bowl is part of line that first appeared in the advertising
in the early 1930's. It's big brothers were large garden urns with the same flower designs. The designs were considered "classical" as opposed to the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau style designs that made up most of Zanesville's output then and earlier. I am not sure the name of the glaze although it is not one of the more often seen glazes nor is it one of their more collectible.

Edited October 11, 2007 to add that I found the shape in the Rann, Ralston & Russell book on the Zanesville Stoneware Company listed as shape # 869.

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