September 30, 2016

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Van Briggle Display in Artus’ Home State

Throughout December, 2015; a special Van Briggle display showcase will be featured in the Claremont County Administration Building, 101 E. Main, Batavia, Ohio, 45103. Artus was born in Felicity, Ohio in 1869.  Claremont is the county seat for Felicity.  Their is an active historical society group in Felicity, Ohio.  They have been asked to assemble […]

PREFERRED EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS!!

I am back online after more than 2 years, and regret being unable to access emails sent through this web site for the last 2 years.  In the future, anyone may contact me through my personal email    KHonea77@aol.com      I do try and answer all emails within 24 hours, and enjoy seeing photos […]

Sept. 2015 Tour of Van Briggle Memorial Pottery

September 12 was the annual tour of the Van Briggle 1908 Memorial Pottery in Colo. Spgs.  The event is hosted annually by the Women’s Education Society of Colorado College, and serves as a fundraiser toward their scholarship efforts. More than 400 people toured the beautiful building, covered with over 5000 Van Briggle tile, both inside […]

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Decorative Tile by Van Briggle

These tile pieces are owned by a Van Briggle collector.  When assembled, they form two ends and one long side of a rectangle, as though they were designed to surround a hearth, or some similar design. Once again, Fred Wills (Van Briggle potter from 1947 – 1988) confirmed that they are Van Briggle, and were […]

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DRAGON Van Briggle Lamp

This lamp found us, instead of us finding the lamp.  It had resided in Okla. City for several years.  We have no recollection of having seen another, or any vintage brochure featuring such a design. Mid-July, we visited Colorado Springs, and once again called upon the expertise of Fred Wills, who was a potter at […]

First 953 Designs from 1900-1912

Collectors have been very cooperative in sending photos of their early pieces, with photos of the bottom markings. This has been a very, very slow process of attempting to develop a web page for each of the 953 designs. At some future point, I hope to have this project completed with photos for all to […]

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Indian Chief Expression – 1 of 3

Terra Cotta or Bisque Paperweight with Design from Indian Chief Vase, dated 1913 This paperweight is made from one of the three facial expressions on the Indian Chief Vase, discussed in the previous post. Has anyone seen one of these plaques/paperweights with images of the other two facial expressions from the vase? Has an example […]

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Ambrose Schlegel credited with Indian Chief Vase

American Indian Chief Vase with Three Expressions Does anyone possess one of these vases dated prior to 1914?  Copied from the Van Briggle Pottery files, with permission while researching our book, is a letter dated 1967 regarding the origin of this design.  The owner of the pottery from 1920 to 1969 was J. H. Lewis, […]

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Origin of the “Monkey Mug”

The inspiration to model the “Monkey Mug” came from one Van Briggle collector’s trip to Mexico City in the spring of 1974.  While visiting the Museum of Anthropology, Robert Wyman Newton was impressed with the use animals in the pre-Colombian artifacts, and in particular, a vase carved in the shape of a monkey. Mr. Newton […]

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Design #809 by Mae Cook in 1910

One of six designs by Mae Cook for Van Briggle Pottery from 1909 – 1910.  This tray is listed in the Catalogue of Van Briggle Designs, by Robert Wyman Newton, as an ashtray without known dimensions. This example is in the early Mulberry color, and dimensions are 4 x 6 inches, with a pipe and […]