September 30, 2022

Design #279

Design: #279A

Date Designed: 1904

Designer: Possibly Ambrose Schlegel (attributed to Ambrose by J. Emma Kinkead, who recorded all the “plain shapes” made were by Schlegel.)

Description: Vase in Mulberry glaze with Blue over spray. Bottom markings are on gritty clay indicative of the 1920s production period; incised with the Double-A, Van Briggle, Colo. Spgs., and CO.

Dimensions: 10 1/2″ height

Other: A private collection color photo in our collections also shows a vase the same height with Mulberry glaze and Gray over spray. It is incised with Double-A, Van Briggle, Colo. Spgs., date of 1906 and Design #279A. The “A” designates the largest size of the series. In descending sizes, the Capital Letters “B,C,D,& E” were used for smaller sizes of the same design – just as Artus had seen in use at Rookwood Pottery prior to his departure for CO in 1899.

Collection: Scott Slauterbeck & Katie Lujhan

#279 (size designation unknown)

This same design is shown here by Steve & Rose Splittgerber. Their example measures 8″ in height. Upon x-ray, it shows a date of 1906, but no design number. Steve believes there might have been one inch size difference between sizes, making this #279C.

Our sources have not stated exactly how much difference in size was used for variations from sizes A,B,C,D & E. There are; however, several different sizes of #778 know among collectors, and with their cooperation – size variations for that design at least, could be measured.

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