June 25, 2024

LEARN MORE WITH AN X-RAY! Exquisite #204 details…


Courtesy of Brian Goldenman:  These are photos of his newly acquired Design #204, dated 1903.  

Due to the bottom glaze partially obscuring the marks of this piece; Brian chose to have an x-ray taken.  The Double-A, Van Briggle, date of 1903 & Roman Numeral III clay type; are all clearly visible in the handwriting attributed to Artus Van Briggle.  The impressed Design #204 is partially visible to the left side of the piece.  The “2” in 204 is not visible, due to the x-ray not traveling through the side of the vase.  The Design #204 was confirmed by comparison with the 2015 Revised Catalogue of Van Briggle Designs by Robert Wyman Newton.  X-rays are not productive when your vase has a very small opening, as the bottom portion x-rayed will be shown only in the same size as the opening through which the x-ray travels.  A top opening of one inch diameter, would show only a one inch circle of the writing on the bottom. 

Thanks to Brian Goldenman for sharing his beautiful new 1903 Van Briggle, design #204.  This piece is also described in detail on this web site, “First 953 Designs, Design 201-250.  Click on #204 for complete description and further details.

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